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Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

Get up to speed on what SOA is and how to use it

Make your business more adaptable and responsive to change

Today's businesses seem to change at the speed of light, and software support structures simply have to keep up. And that's exactly what SOA is all about! Here's the scoop on creating applications and services that can be organized for reuse, easily maintained and supported, designed to produce consistent results, and shared across an enterprise.

Discover how to

  • Respond more quickly to market changes
  • Allow your IT staff to be more flexible
  • Improve business agility
  • Navigate ins and outs of SOA architecture
  • Enable interaction with new business partners

About the Author

Judith Hurwitz has been a leader in the technology research and strategy consulting fields for more than 20 years. In 1992, she founded the industryleading research and consulting organization, Hurwitz Group. Currently, she is the President of Hurwitz & Associates, a research and consulting firm with a portfolio of service offerings focused on identifying customer benefit and best practices for buyers and sellers of information technology in the United States and Europe.
Judith has held senior positions at John Hancock and Apollo Computer and is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events. She earned BS and MS degrees from Boston University and was honored by Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences, when it named her a distinguished alumnus in 2005. She is also a recipient of the 2005 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council award.

Robin Bloor was born in Liverpool, England, in the 1950s, a little too late to become a member of The Beatles and, in any event, completely bereft of musical talent. In his late teens he went to Nottingham University, where he acquired a degree in mathematics, a love for computers, and a number of severe hangovers.
After toiling in the English IT trenches for a number of years, Robin, following in the steps of the Pilgrim Fathers, emigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Texas. In 2003, for reasons beyond his comprehension, he was awarded an honorary PhD in Computer Science by Wolverhampton University in the United Kingdom, in recognition of “Services to the IT Industry.” In 2004, he became a partner in the noted IT analyst company, Hurwitz & Associates.

Carol Baroudi makes technical concepts understandable to ordinary human beings. She’s the primary instigator and eager co-conspirator with Judith, Robin, and Marcia on their first For Dummies venture. Clocking more than 30 years in the computer industry, she’s been writing For Dummies books since 1993. (You might be familiar with The Internet For Dummies in one of its ten editions.) In 1999, she became a software industry analyst under the tutelage of Judith Hurwitz.

Marcia Kaufman is a founding partner of Hurwitz & Associates. With 20 years of experience in business strategy, industry research, and analytics, her primary research focus is on the business and technology benefit of emerging technologies. Understanding the world of business data has been one of her top priorities for many years, and today that includes data quality, business analytics, and information management.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470054352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470054352
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Clifford Anderson on December 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
The authors of "Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies" are partners of Hurwitz & Associates, an information technology consulting firm. They provide a high-level overview of service oriented architecture (SOA). SOA breaks with traditional practices of software development, which frequently led to the creation of many redundant "siloed" data stores and applications across the enterprise, by promoting the development of reusable services that can be strung together in different ways to achieve multiple ends.

A key thesis of "Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies" is that successful transition to a service oriented architecture (SOA) requires the cooperation of business managers and I.T. people. SOA is not simply the latest and greatest approach to building distributed systems; SOA also re-conceives how business and I.T. should work in partnership to construct their software architecture. The authors warn that simply asking developers to design a set of reusable services may not result in the creation of the right sort of services. Developers need instead to work in close cooperation with businesspeople to make sure that the services being developed serve useful business purposes. This is sage advice that evidently comes from long experience consulting on I.T. projects.

That SOA is still a developing design philosophy becomes evident as the authors discuss some of its more advanced dimensions. The authors make a good case, for example, that as SOA evolves it will become necessary to guarantee certain levels of service and it will also be necessary to implement SOA supervisors to monitor the overall quality of service. However, they caution that most enterprises have not made it far enough along the road to worry about such things.
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I like this book because it is easy to read and it explains basic SOA concepts. This book will help you understand the major concepts but it is not a book that can get you started building services, SOA infrastructure and middleware.

And it is obviously not for dummies!
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I have always been seriously put off by the "Dummies" series. I would like to buy books that assume some intelligence on the part of the reader. I don't like being talked down to.

But this book doesn't do that. Instead it explains concepts clearly, and has been a great help to me in understanding the clouds of jargon that surround this topic. The explanation of the components of SOA and how they hook together is excellent!

Because I am not yet directly involved, I cannot judge the accuracy of their details (and of course, they may change over time), but since the objective is to get the main concepts across, I believe the authors are successful.

I really wish, though, that the series were called "Achieving Buzzword Compliance in ...".
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If you are not an IT guy and for a long time you have been thinking that SOA is only related to IT, then this book is a good starting point to understand, and make others understand, that SOA has everything to do with business.

Using simple examples, this book will guide you through the different elements of SOA and will help you to understant it's potential.
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It's hard to imagine how anyone even remotely aware of SOA could be classified as a `dummy'. But, looked at another way, this book's title `SOA for Dummies' makes perfect sense. The authors - all from the consulting firm Hurwitz and Associates - strongly believe that SOA has the makings of one of those disruptive new technologies that have a way of sweeping quite suddenly into the broader market and abruptly upsetting the established order. If that turns out to be true, then at this moment we are all probably dummies about SOA and its future impact, and we better read this book right away.

But what makes SOA such a big deal? After all, the authors freely admit that the commercial SOA industry is just in its early stages. At the same time, however, they contend that SOA is important because it directly addresses one of the biggest problems that companies have today - how to make their computing environment nimble enough to keep up with the fast-changing needs of today's frenetically globalizing business environment.

Once upon a time, Hurwitz reminds us, your company's computers probably sat in a protected white room, serving a few privileged users inside your own enterprise. Those users were supported by a set of custom-built software applications sporting ugly, hard-to-use, text-based `green screens'. Each such application lived in its own little world or `silo', often hosted on its own mainframe partition or even a special set of hardware.

Maintaining and updating these applications was a major chore, and exchanging information among the various silos was a daunting task. Mergers and acquisitions compounded the problem, creating a veritable tower of techno-babble.
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It has been a few years since I worked with Web Services so I was looking for a book that would get me started again. This book did the trick. In addition to the ramp up, I also appreciated the end material including chapters for each major SOA vendor and a good glossary.
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