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Service-Oriented Modeling Service Analysis, Design, and Architecture

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is the hottest topic in the IT arena. Providing a comprehensive plan to interrelate business with technology, SOA combines the talents and skills of an entire organization, with its requisite needs and computing know-how. Presenting the necessary tools—processes, best practices, and standards—for developing a sound SOA, Service-Oriented Modeling: Service Analysis, Design, and Architecture introduces a service-oriented modeling framework that employs an agile and universal business and technology language to facilitate analysis, design, and architecture initiatives.

Focusing on a general service and development life-cycle model, the service-oriented modeling disciplines presented here will enable you to not only integrate your existing legacy applications, but also to incorporate new ideas and concepts to address organizational concerns. These proposed best practices can be applied to all technologies, software platforms, and languages despite their physical location or ownership. As a bonus, business and IT professionals—including managers, business analysts, business architects, technical architects, team leaders, and developers—can now share the burden of software development initiatives as they are commissioned to bear equal responsibility and accountability throughout their organizations.

Based on author Michael Bell's twenty years of experience in the software, modeling, and architecture trenches for such high-volume clients as JPMorgan, Chase, and American Express, Service-Oriented Modeling introduces a state-of-the-art and holistic modeling language that can facilitate an SOA implementation as well as advanced service life-cycle concepts and processes that can be employed to manage service-oriented projects. The book enables business and IT personnel to equally partner in service-oriented modeling efforts and to represent their unique perspectives.

Offering easy-to-understand modeling language and notation that are simple to use, the book provides answers to the most common questions that face enterprise leaders concerning service-oriented architecture development life-cycle initiatives. The book deftly explores:

  • How to establish and implement a service-oriented modeling language

  • The service life-cycle model and its various building blocks

  • The management of service-oriented modeling disciplines

  • Service-oriented conceptualization process

  • A step-by-step, easy-to-employ concept discovery process

  • Service-oriented discovery and analysis mechanisms

  • Service-oriented design strategies, service relationships, logical compositions of services, and service behavior analysis

  • Fundamental aspects of service-oriented software architecture, including conceptual and logical architecture modeling disciplines

With the information gleaned from Service-Oriented Modeling, you will obtain a comprehensive service modeling knowledge base and reference; service modeling tools that can increase efficiency and productivity in the workplace; defined goals, milestones, and service modeling activities; and defined roles and responsibilities to get you started with SOA, ASAP.

From the Back Cover

Answers to your most pressing SOA development questions

How do we start with service modeling? How do we analyze services for better reusability? Who should be involved? How do we create the best architecture model for our organization? This must-read for all enterprise leaders gives you all the answers and tools needed to develop a sound service-oriented architecture in your organization.

Praise for Service-Oriented Modeling

Service Analysis, Design, and Architecture

"Michael Bell has done it again with a book that will be remembered as a key facilitator of the global shift to Service-Oriented Architecture. . . . With this book, Michael Bell provides that foundation and more—an essential bible for the next generation of enterprise IT."
—Eric Pulier, Executive Chairman, SOA Software

"Michael Bell's insightful book provides common language and techniques for business and technology organizations to take advantage of the SOA paradigm. By focusing modeling techniques on the business problem, Bell provides a way for professionals to work throughout the life cycle to create reusable and enduring services."
—Mike Zbranak, CIO, Chase Card Services

"This book will become an imperative business and technology service-oriented modeling recipe for any manager, architect, modeler, analyst, and developer in today's software development industry."
—Jeff Schneider, CEO, MomentumSI

"'Innovative' and 'groundbreaking' are words that best describe Michael Bell's Service-Oriented Modeling. It depicts a true service modeling approach that elegantly closes a clear and critical service modeling gap in the SOA industry. This holistic book ties these concepts together using real-world examples across a service life cycle that transitions services from ideas and concepts into production assets that deliver business value. A must-read for business and technical SOA practitioners."
—Eric A. Marks, CEO, AgilePath Corporation

"As hot as SOA is today, many business and technology professionals still find it challenging to mind the gap between their disparate methodologies and objectives. Herein Michael Bell speaks clearly to both camps in straightforward language, outlining disciplines each can use to communicate effectively and advance the realization of corporate aims. This book is a bible for all who seek to drive business/technology into the future."
—Mark Edward Goodrich, Director, Investing Product Management, Reuters Media

"This book takes senior IT architects and systems designers into the depths of modeling for SOA, with a fresh new perspective on tools, terminology, and how to turn the theory into practice. His full life-cycle approach balances process, control, and accountability to align all the participants in the delivery pipeline—clearing the road for successful SOA business solutions."
—Phil Gilligan, Chief Technology Officer, EBS

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470141115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470141113
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an enterprise solution provider with twenty-eight years of proven hands-on experience in the space of Business and Technical Architecture Modeling. I've consulted for a large number of institutions, such as J.P. Morgan, Chase, Citibank, USB-Pain Webber, TD Bank, American Express, AIG, Prudential, and the US Government.

My books promote product time-to-market, consolidation, agility, reuse, and expenditure reduction. To support challenging business strategies, my expertise offers a variety of enterprise integration solutions for back-end and customer-facing systems, distributed and federated across large lines of business and enterprise domains.

The Service-Oriented Modeling Framework (SOMF) I devised in my books helps organizations design small and large scale systems deployed in enterprise ecosystems. The SOMF methodology is suited for enterprise and application software architects and developers, contributing to a growing number of industries, such as banking, insurance, healthcare, security, telecom, government institutions, credit card firms, and many more.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Hormazd M. Pochara on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Service-Oriented Modeling book introduces a new methodology, modeling language, and a service life cycle framework (service-oriented modeling framework - SOMF) that explores untouched software development and SOA specific territories. This creative and insightful testimony identifies software development, business architecture, and technical architecture industry gaps that unveil a fascinating and creative approach to viewing our current software assets and their environments.

The main practices that will chiefly contribute to any organization are:

- Service Life Cycle Planning

- Conceptual Services Discovery

- Conceptual Architecture Modeling

- Service-Oriented Analysis Modeling

- Service-Oriented Integration with Business Architecture Artifacts

- Service-Oriented Design Modeling

- Logical Architecture Modeling

But the most captivating aspect of this book is the language and the notation that will allow us to model our analysis propositions, model business and service integration, and model the design and architecture environments.
This is an imperative book for business and technology personnel, managers, architects, modelers, and developers.

I strongly recommend it.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By S. Yan on February 29, 2008
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I have purchased and read many SOA books and they have all fallen into one of 2 camps. They are usually either "HOW-TO" implement a SOAP/XML/WSDL based request response guides with the standard buzzwords of SOA Governance, WS-*Everything and the Kitchen Sink*, and of course a vague description of how an Enterprise Service Bus magically does away with years a poorly implemented legacy systems. This is the first SOA book that I have read that did not waste my time with page after page trivial XML examples but actually presented an entire working formal language(extended or inspired by the UML component model I believe) to describe your existing environment("As-Is") and future-state architecture in everday terms understandable by business users and application developers. I'll admit when I read that the approach is both 'Holistic' and 'Anthropomorphic' I felt like I was being marketed some Ginko-Biloba pseudo mysticism but as I read through I understood that this is an approach to SOA, probably the first, to actually make the the underlying services and consolidation of services visible and tanglible in the way an architect builds a scale model of a proposed structure to provide an in depth understanding of the project to those who are unable to turn equations into 3D structures in there heads(which is most of us). The authors crowning achievement, in my opinon, is the realization that everything (Legacy System, Schedule Batch Job, Business Apporval Process, Business Rules, Storage) must be treated as 'Services' is a quantum leap for SOA that moves the concept of SOA from a vague buzzword to a concrete deliverable, tangible item.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. Buckley on February 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In his prior book, Michael Bell gave us the tools, techniques, and practical advice required to get on the path toward a successful SOA implementation. His current book "Service-Oriented Modeling" takes us to the next SOA skill level by providing us with a service life-cycle framework, new methodology, and a new modeling language(complete with new notation).

Bell also provides us with a new perspective of Enterprise SOA.. described by some as an "SOA Ecosystem" or as the fabric which joins business and technology. "Service-Oriented Modeling" is a guide to a new way of thinking about enterprise information pathways.

It's a powerful book, it's a good read, and I highly recommend it !
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By R. Stando on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Not too often you come across a great book that provides a rich content that can be extremely valuable to your business. The Service-Oriented Modeling book is a testimony to genuine creativity and vision that can change the way we think about software and the methods by which we manage our applications.

The Service-Oriented Modeling book makes a good case for a holistic modeling language that views our software and its underpinning components as building blocks and loosely coupled entities.

This book presents important hands-on concepts that are applicable to our business. The service-oriented methodology is relevant to almost any aspect of our organizations. Consider the following topics that can enrich your computing environment:

Application and service portfolio management
Service typing and profiling
Service lifecycle management
Modeling an SOA environment for reusability and interoperability
Alignment between business and IT organizations
Increase application and service reuse
Resolving software interoperability challenges
And more...

Executives, project managers, product managers, business analysts, architects, programmers, software modelers, data modelers, and software designers will benefit the most from this book.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By KuanAv on March 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In our Technology world today, there are multiple technologies being introduced as we speak. Enterprise Software Integration is one of the most complex problems, and SOA has offered a simple solution to a complex problem.

But integration and architecture has to be accompanied with good modelling and design practices. Michael Bell has described a great language to conceptually, logically and physically describe SOA.

A simple book, which gives a lot of importance to business assessment and analysis, leading to Modelling Process, Standards and Best Practices. There was always a necessity to provide simple vocabulary, a language syntax which is intutive and has acceptance due to common industry best practices.

Michael Bell has introduced us to Service-Oriented modeling disciplines, and Service-Oriented Business Modelling. He has explained the modelling process in detail, with a lot of simplicity. This book converts theory into practice, and the concepts are meant for everybody from an architect to a developer.
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