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Enterprise Service Oriented Architectures: Concepts, Challenges, Recommendations (The Enterprise Series) [Hardcover]

by James McGovern, Oliver Sims, Ashish Jain, Mark Little
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March 20, 2006 140203704X 978-1402037047 2006

Conventional wisdom of the "software stack" approach to building applications may no longer be relevant. Enterprises are pursuing new ways of organizing systems and processes to become service oriented and event-driven. Leveraging existing infrastructural investments is a critical aspect to the success of companies both large and small. Enterprises have to adapt their systems to support frequent technological changes, mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, in a growing global market, these systems are being called upon to be used by external business partners. Technology is often difficult, costly and complex and without modern approaches can prevent the enterprise from becoming agile.

Enterprise Service Oriented Architectures helps readers solve this challenge in making different applications communicate in a loosely coupled manner. This classic handbook leverages the experiences of thought leaders functioning in multiple industry verticals and provides a wealth of knowledge for creating the agile enterprise.

In this book, you will learn:

• How to balance the delivery of immediate business value while creating long-term strategic capability

• Fundamental principles of a service-oriented architecture (find, bind and execute)

• The four aspects of SOA (Production, Consumption, Management and Provisioning)

• How to recognize critical success factors to implementing enterprise SOAs

• Architectural importance of service registries, interfaces and contracts

• Why improper service decomposition can hurt you later rather than sooner

• How application design and integration practices change as architects seek to implement the "agile" enterprise

About the Authors

James McGovern is an enterprise architect for The Hartford. He is an industry thought leader and co-author of the bestselling book: A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture.

Oliver Sims is a recognized leader in the architecture, design and implementation of service-oriented and component-based enterprise systems. He was a founding member of the OMG Architecture Board. He was co-author of the groundbreaking book: Business Component Factory.

Ashish Jain is a Principal Architect with Ping Identity Corporation, a leading provider of solutions for identity federation. Prior to joining Ping Identity, he worked with BEA Systems where his role was to assist BEA customers in designing and implementing their e-business strategies using solutions based on J2EE. He holds several industry certifications from SUN and BEA and is also a board member for the Denver BEA User group.

Mark Little is Director of Standards and SOA Manager for JBoss Inc. Prior to this, he was Chief Architect for Arjuna Technologies Ltd and a Distinguished Engineer at Hewlett-Packard. As well as being an active member of the OMG, JCP, OASIS and W3C, he is an author on many SOA and Web Services standards. He also led the development of the world's first standards-compliant Web Services Transaction product.


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"McGovern, Sims, Jain, and Little have authored a comprehensive book on enterprise service-oriented architectures (SOAs). … Those architects who plan to learn about the subject would do well to go through this book. … It clearly outlines the purpose of the book and the ways of using it. … The book has excellent content for a technologically oriented person to learn about SOA. … This book is well worth having for a technologist." (Shantanu Bhattacharya, ACM Computing Reviews, Vol. 49 (4), April, 2008)

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Conventional wisdom of the "software stack" approach to building applications may no longer be relevant. Enterprises are pursuing new ways of organizing systems and processes to become service oriented and event-driven. Leveraging existing infrastructural investments is a critical aspect to the success of companies both large and small. Enterprises have to adapt their systems to support frequent technological changes, mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, in a growing global market, these systems are being called upon to be used by external business partners. Technology is often difficult, costly and complex and without modern approaches can prevent the enterprise from becoming agile.

Enterprise Service Oriented Architectures helps readers solve this challenge in making different applications communicate in a loosely coupled manner. This classic handbook leverages the experiences of thought leaders functioning in multiple industry verticals and provides a wealth of knowledge for creating the agile enterprise.

In this book, you will learn:

• How to balance the delivery of immediate business value while creating long-term strategic capability

• Fundamental principles of a service-oriented architecture (find, bind and execute)

• The four aspects of SOA (Production, Consumption, Management and Provisioning)

• How to recognize critical success factors to implementing enterprise SOAs

• Architectural importance of service registries, interfaces and contracts

• Why improper service decomposition can hurt you later rather than sooner

• How application design and integration practices change as architects seek to implement the "agile" enterprise

About the Authors

James McGovern is an enterprise architect for The Hartford. He is an industry thought leader and co-author of the bestselling book: A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture.

Oliver Sims is a recognized leader in the architecture, design and implementation of service-oriented and component-based enterprise systems. He was a founding member of the OMG Architecture Board. He was co-author of the groundbreaking book: Business Component Factory.

Ashish Jain is a Principal Architect with Ping Identity Corporation, a leading provider of solutions for identity federation. Prior to joining Ping Identity, he worked with BEA Systems where his role was to assist BEA customers in designing and implementing their e-business strategies using solutions based on J2EE. He holds several industry certifications from SUN and BEA and is also a board member for the Denver BEA User group.

Mark Little is Director of Standards and SOA Manager for JBoss Inc. Prior to this, he was Chief Architect for Arjuna Technologies Ltd and a Distinguished Engineer at Hewlett-Packard. As well as being an active member of the OMG, JCP, OASIS and W3C, he is an author on many SOA and Web Services standards. He also led the development of the world's first standards-compliant Web Services Transaction product.


Product Details

  • Series: The Enterprise Series
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2006 edition (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140203704X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402037047
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great contribution to SOA thinking July 26, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Although I am not a friend of any of the authors, I find this book great. The first chapter is not only an excellent introduction to SOA; it also addressed the change of mindset you have to implement to succeed. The requirement discussion is chapter two is also excellent. It challenges the use-case driven development from RUP (and other story-based development methods) and shows how a successful SOA implementation within IT and business makes it possible to make a simple and direct mapping from business requirements to services. I also find the emphasis on information services important! The proposed method for requirement management will definitely change the mindset for both programmers and business people - and increase business agility within the enterprise.

The rest of the book covers the fundamentals of SOA in a very compact format. Spending time on this book seems to be a good investment.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed July 28, 2007
Format:Hardcover
There were a few decent pieces of information, but overall I was not very impressed. Some of the content was OK, but the grammatical errors and different writing styles made it a very disappointing read. There were four different authors which contributed to the flow problems, and it was obvious that some of the chapters were more poorly written than others. In addition, it didn't seem like anyone even proofed the book. I can understand a few errors, but I found myself re-reading sentence after sentence trying to understand what words were missing, misspelled or out-of-place.

The chapter on transactions was pretty decent. I liked the information on compensating transactions, which I had heard called three phase commit previously. The chapter on UDDI was pretty decent as well. I was disappointed in the last chapter on Event-Driven Architecture. It just seemed to be a hodge-podge catch all of the author's thoughts without much meat.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest authors January 30, 2008
Format:Hardcover
These folks use my book, "How to Open Locks With Improvised Tools" in their work. They stated that my book was published by Harper Collins in 1997. The first version, "Lock Bypass Methods" was published in 1998, and the version they cite was published in 2001, by Level Four Publications. The title page, including contact info in my book, is concise and clear. Harper Collins has never touched it. No, they didn't ask permission for use, and there are so many spelling and grammatical errors that it is obvious they cut corners in other places, too. Since they're happy to invent spurious references when the real thing is readily available, I wouldn't hold much faith whatever else they cranked out. I'm sorry my name shows up in their shoddy work.
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4 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book with Real Material May 6, 2006
By Nathan
Format:Hardcover
James is my best friend and have worked with him in the past and current. This book on SOA is a highly recommended book for companies trying to get into the SOA space. Concepts cleanly explained with implementation details. Great book if it were to be used in academic realm or to be used by people in the industry.
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