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Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) For Dummies, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Hurwitz , Robin Bloor , Marcia Kaufman , Fern Halper
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January 2, 2009 0470376848 978-0470376843 2nd
Feeling overwhelmed by the buzz about SOA—service oriented architecture? Take heart! Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 2nd Edition makes it easy to understand, plan, and implement the latest SOA solutions for your business.

Whether you’re the IT person responsible for developing SOA or the executive who’s trying to get a handle on the concept, Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 2nd Edition will help you understand what SOA is, why it’s important, and how you can make the most of it. You’ll find out about the business and financial aspects of SOA, how to decide if you need it, and what it can mean to your bottom line. Discover how to:

  • Identify the main components of SOA and how they work to create business processes
  • Create reusable, flexible systems and avoid common pitfalls
  • Deconstruct business processes and applications to identify their components, then put them together in new ways
  • Construct SOA business applications for maximum adaptability
  • Confirm quality in a situation that’s difficult to test, and assure the quality and consistency of your data
  • Develop a governance strategy for SOA based on your company’s philosophy and culture
  • Work with XML and understand how it’s used in SOA
  • Maximize the benefits of unified communications
  • Understand software ecosystems, rich interfaces, and the development lifecycle

Packed with real-life case studies illustrating how SOA has been applied in a variety of industries, Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies, 2nd Edition demystifies one of today’s hottest business tools.

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Understand why SOA is important for business innovation and change

Feeling overwhelmed by the buzz about service oriented architecture? Take heart! This bestselling guide makes it easy to understand what SOA is, why it's important, and how your business can benefit. You'll discover how to create reusable, flexible systems; how IT and management team up to make SOA work; and what SOA means to your bottom line.

  • What it is — see how SOA is designed for maximum adaptability
  • Building blocks — examine the main components of SOA and how they work

  • Break it to fix it — learn to deconstruct business processes and applications to identify their components, then put them together in new ways

  • The "X" factor — explore XML and how it's used in SOA

  • Who's the governor? — develop a governance strategy for SOA based on your company's business rules and requirements

  • Keep it clean — find out how to assure data quality and consistency

  • Everything in balance — understand SOA in context with Web 2.0, unified communications, and cloud computing

Open the book and find:

  • An easy test to determine whether you need SOA
  • Four common pitfalls and how to avoid them

  • Lessons learned from successful IT executives

  • The significance of using a registry and repository

  • How to leverage existing assets

  • Why identity management software matters for SOA

  • The benefits of SOA service management

  • The ROI of SOA from real-world experiences

About the Author

Judith Hurwitz (President & CEO), Robin Bloor (Partner & Senior Consultant), Marcia Kaufman (Partner & COO), and Fern Halper (Partner & Senior Data Management Strategist) are executives at Hurwitz & Associates, strategy consultants specializing in data and service management and service oriented architecture. The team works with industry leaders on strategy and planning.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (January 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470376848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470376843
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a programming tome -- just a necessary one April 11, 2009
I've always hated the "for Dummies" series -- while I never doubted its application to me (at least in some areas), I didn't think I should display my stupidity nakedly with a long line of yellow book spines! That said, the real difficulty with the series naming convention is it doesn't allow one to level-set purchases. Are the (IT-focused) Dummies books for technical novices, learning how to program? Are they for management, trying to understand the industry's latest fashion? It's unlikely you can address both segments with a single title, and having sat in both seats I can understand the confusion.

If you're looking for how to write programs that output SOAP headers, this book is emphatically not for you. This so-called "low-SOA" point of view, in which "service oriented architecture" means only "addressing services with URL's to applications running behind web servers" is well-served by plenty of other books, and in any event isn't particularly interesting. Middleware is middleware, and while there are certainly differences in quality, performance, stability, reliability and integrity of various middleware architectures from XDR to CORBA, from DCOM to SOAP, they all perform the basic functions of finding, calling, and getting results from network-addressed applications or services. Enough said.

What's more interesting in a real SOA world -- what Gartner calls "high-SOA" -- is not how one builds services, but how one structures business processes given the capability to distribute infrastructure (and other) services. That's the focus of this book, and in fact the focus of the SOA Consortium [...
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY low signal-to-noise ratio. August 12, 2009
Picked up a copy of this book from the library, and was very disappointed.

It is full of stupid jokes, the table of contents is mostly useless because of the childish and uninformative chapter/section titles.

More than 50% of the book is useless fluff like "OK so you really want to know what service oriented architecture is? That's good, hold on, it won't be too hard -- you'll understand all of this later. Don't be scared off by these very technical terms -- we'll get through it...." --- PAGE AFTER PAGE of it. You will (literally) learn more from the Wikipedia article on SOA than you will from this entire book.

If you want a good book on the subject, get "SOA in Practice" by Nicolai Josuttis instead -- it is much clearer, more interesting, and in-depth.

Do not waste your money on this book -- get it from a library or a dumpster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book May 25, 2014
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Easy to read and understand and it was exactly what I needed. I will be using SOA and needed some good background which I got from this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure who this book could be for... January 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a software developer/architect who needs to get up to speed on factoring and extending an enterprise application into a service-oriented approach, at least for some aspects. After reading this book I'm left wondering who it could possibly be for. It certainly didn't help me figure out even the first step I will need to take technically to start. It explains a lot of technological concepts related to SOAs, in fairly superficial ways (this is, after all, a Dummies book...) But it didn't really provide any concrete examples, show how any particular products work, nor provide guidelines for anyone involved on what to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOA for Dummies, as good as i thought January 23, 2013
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Great book, explaining everything you need to know and more about SOA with the proper level of technical knowledge. 100% Recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars good reference December 21, 2012
By Greg
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Good reference book to learn the basics about SOA. I definitely recommend it for anyone needing to "get smart" on the topic.
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