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ISBN-13: 978-0471768944 ISBN-10: 0471768944 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471768944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471768944
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the end, SOA, delivers what is the first and perhaps most comprehensive road map yet for IT executives, team leaders and developers, whether they are in the business field or government." (Public CIO, October 2006)

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"This book provides a superb overview of the SOA topic. Marks and Bell provide practical guidance across the entire SOA life cycle—from business imperatives and motivations to the post-deployment business and technical metrics to consider. With this book, Marks and Bell demonstrate a unique ability to take the complex dynamics of SOA, and through an eloquent set of metaphors, models, and principles, provide an understandable and insightful how-to manual for both technical and business executives. This will become a required handbook for any organization implementing SOA."
—Dan Bertrand, Enterprise Technology Officer & EDS Fellow, EDS Corporation

"A fundamental breakthrough in the business and technology perspectives of SOA—this book belongs in every software developer, architect, and IT executive library. Marks and Bell demonstrate a creative and practical approach to building complex, service-oriented systems. I especially liked the hands-on perspective brought to multiple aspects of SOA. A must-have guide in the technology turbulence of the future."
—Ariel Aloni, Chief Technology Officer, SunGard Data Management Solutions

"This outstanding text gets straight to the heart of the matter, cutting through the hyperbole and discussing how to drive real business value through SOA. It will certainly impact my behavior, our governance models, and, subsequently, the successful business outcomes we derive as we continue to embrace SOA. A must-read for battle-scarred SOA veterans and fledgling architects alike."
—Christopher Crowhurst, Vice President and Chief Architect, Thomson Learning

"Too often, SOA has been perceived as 'all about the technology'—standards, technology stacks, operational monitoring, and the like. In this book, Marks and Bell expand beyond the technology to provide a refreshing business-driven perspective to SOA, connecting the dots between business requirements, architecture, and development and operations, and overlaying these perspectives with tried-and-true governance techniques to keep SOA initiatives on track. A must-read for those leading the charge to adopt SOA within their enterprise."
—Brent Carlson, Chief Technology Officer, LogicLibrary and coauthor of SanFrancisco Design Patterns: Blueprints for Business Software

"Marks and Bell have captured a wealth of practical experience and lessons learned in what has become the hottest topic in software development. In this book, they explain in detail what works and what does not, from procedural issues to technical challenges. This book is an invaluable reference for organizations seeking the benefits of SOAs."
—Dr. Jeffrey S. Poulin, System Architect, Lockheed Martin and author of Measuring Software Reuse: Principles, Practices, and Economic Models

"One of the last things companies often consider when implementing a business solution such as SOA is the impact on people. Marks and Bell provide an in-depth look at 'what has to change' from a process standpoint to make any SOA implementation a success. A great read for those considering to embark on an enterprise SOA and looking for the right mix of people, process, and products."
—Alan Himler, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, LogicLibrary


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A surprising amount of the spending for information technology in virtually all organizations is spent on supporting, updating, integrating, or otherwise maintaining legacy systems. SOA is an attempt to define a generalized group of services oriented 'objects' (for lack of a better term) that have a well defined interface and output that is oriented to provide a business orjective.

Most books on SOA (do a search at Amazon) tend to be oriented around the web and the transfer of information between computers using various web protocols, especially SOAP and RSS. In essence these are putting the details before the concepts.

This is a book on the concepts, it is what we are trying to do with SOA more than the details of how to do it. It is more concerned with good business practices rather the details of implementation. It is particularly good at refraining from recommending any particular vendor or technology.

A question you have to ask yourself is, 'Is now the time?' The authors say yes, that despite the history of attempts like CORBA, COM/DCOM, etc. there is now enough industry momentum behind current techniques that it is clearly time for you to get started. This is one of those places where it is easy to predict the future, it is harder to get it right.

Still, I think the broad concepts brought out here will last, even if the details of the implementation do not. And these concepts is what this book is about.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Sick on November 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Before discussing the substance of "Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA): A Planning and Implementation Guide for Business and Technology", its worth noting that the style of the book makes the underlying content accessible to both technologists and managers alike. The writing style is clear, compact, and full of visual aids and the entire book respects the reader's time. As for substance, the strongest feature of the book is the discussion of SOA within a business context. Architects who read the book will be better able to work with their managers to set an effective SOA strategy, augment their technology governance for SOA, and address common management fears about investing in a SOA strategy. Managers that read the book will be able to develop a practical vision of the potential benefits of SOA for their business, the likely technical and organization challenges that will be encountered, and some practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of SOA implementation. If your company has some web service activity but lacks an overall SOA strategy and governance model, I highly recommend the book.

Michael Sick, Enterprise Architect, Serene Software
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ray Hennessey on June 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In order to complete any jigsaw puzzle, you normally need to refer to the picture on the box.

This book provides the SOA picture with amazing common-sense clarity (thereby facilitating the puzzle).

I currently run Operational Risk and SOX Technology Development for a top-tier Investment Bank in New York - this book contains invaluable information, tips and techniques - I thoroughly recommend it.

Hearty Congratulations to the authors and Thank You for a very decent read!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Lei on May 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I work as a lead architect at a major training and financial institution. This book is providing us with a real technology value!

The models and the processes that are offered in the book are easy to understand and implement. Architects and developers should adopt this book as their architecture guidance bible. The architecture principals, analysis and design models, and the service lifecycle are the best that I have seen in many years.

A very creative book! I'd recommend it to all the development communities that are thinking to start SOA, or for the professionals that already started SOA initiatives.

- Nancy Lei, Architect
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rollin Shank on March 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Much has been written about the promise of SOA and, at the same time, the difficulty in realizing that promise to date. Most of us who work in this field know by now how to address the technical concepts, architecture and services in an SOA. Where this book stands apart from so many others is that it provides both conceptual and pragmatic advice in three critical areas which need attention for SOA to mature, to achieve business buy-in, and to attain the "SOA network effect" as the authors call it. These keys are: shifting focus to identification of candidate business services; SOA governance, organization, and behavior; and a framework for an SOA business case, ROI model and scorecard.

I enthusiastically recommend this book for the authors' lucid, insightful chapters on these three subjects alone. That they are woven nicely into a more complete system of processes and supporting structures to nurture along SOA through critical mass is an added bonus.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By G. Duff Bailey on May 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you are an IT executive manager, and your "C" level execs are jumping on the SOA bandwagon you need a lot more than the glossy handouts from the vendors to constructively guide the massive change that SOA typically entails.

This book will help you survive and prosper on the way - giving you both the strategy and the detailed tactics for defining and implementing SOA in a way that is relevant to your business. The authors combine their experience in both business and techical architectures to illustrate how you can identify the key services your business needs, and undertake a enterprise wide approach to implementing them. Clearly written, with lots of complimentary diagrams and graphics, the book gives you a strong starting foundation for your SOA efforts.

Be warned - this is not a light read that gives you a quick overview of SOA. It assumes that you understand the basics of SOA and are now serious about learning how your organization can strategically embrace services.
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