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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470376848
  • ASIN: B0058M6PUY
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,534,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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.

More About the Author

Robin Bloor was born in Liverpool, England in the 1950s, studied Mathematics at Nottingham University and eventually became a computer consultant. Aside from his consultancy work he has established a reputation as an International Speaker on technology topics and he has established a reputation as a writer by virtue of many Magazine articles and technical publications.
In April 1999 he published his first book, The Electronic B@zaar, which was about the dot com revolution. Much to his surprise it was a UK business best seller and was published a year later in the US, just as the dot com boom turned to bust. It received several accolades, being referred to as "a classic" by Publisher's Weekly in the US, but the market for such books had tanked.
In recent years he has turned his attention to writing about The Gurdjieff Work. He has been involved in The Gurdjieff work since 1982 and is widely regarded as an expert on Gurdjieff's writings. His series of books under the common title of "To Fathom The Gist" deal directly with the inner meaning of Gurdjieff's writings. They are gradually being rolled out year by year. Robin is also an attendee and participant in the All&Everything international conference which takes place every year and focuses on Gurdjieff's writings.
Robin emigrated to the US in 2002, settling in Texas. In 2003, for reasons beyond his comprehension, he was awarded an honorary Ph D in Computer Science, by Wolverhampton University in the UK in recognition of 'Services to the IT Industry'. from 2004 to 2007 he participated in writing three Dummies books on technology: Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies, Service Management for Dummies and Cloud Computing for Dummies
In 2009, he turned a hobby into a publishing activity, and published Words You Don't Know, a book that has sold well since then, especially in the Holiday Season.
Currently he writes articles about The Work on ToFathomTheGist.com and, as a technology analyst, also contributes to the web sites: http:/InsideAnalysis.com, http:// Wordsyoudontknow.com and http://DatabaseRevolution.com.

Customer Reviews

I needed a book to recommend to beginners, so I had to read some.
Oto
Doesn't work at a business or technical level and certainly will not help any business get going with SOA.
David Rawle
It certainly didn't help me figure out even the first step I will need to take technically to start.
Brad Aisa

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Soley on April 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By Jesse Taylor on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Siegler on 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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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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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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By Greg on December 21, 2012
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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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