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Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Compass: Business Value, Planning, and Enterprise Roadmap Hardcover – November 4, 2005

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Praise for Service-Oriented Architecture Compass

"A comprehensive roadmap to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). SOA is, in reality, a business architecture to be used by those enterprises intending to prosper in the 21st century. Decision makers who desire that their business become flexible can jumpstart that process by adopting the best practices and rules of thumb described in SOA Compass."

—Bob Laird, MCI IT Chief Architect

"The book Service-Oriented Architecture Compass shows very clearly by means of real projects how agile business processes can be implemented using Service-Oriented Architectures. The entire development cycle from planning through implementation is presented very close to practice and the critical success factors are presented very convincingly."

—Professor Dr. Thomas Obermeier, Vice Dean of FHDW Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

"This book is a major improvement in the field. It gives a clear view and all the key points on how to really face a SOA deployment in today's organizations."

—Mario Moreno, CIO Generali France

"Service-Oriented Architecture enables organizations to be agile and flexible enough to adopt new business strategies and produce new services to overcome the challenges created by business dynamism today. CIOs have to consider SOA as a foundation of their Enterprise Applications Architecture primarily because it demonstrates that IT aligns to business processes and also because it positions IT as a service enabler and maximizes previous investments on business applications.

To understand and profit from SOA, this book provides CIOs with the necessary concepts and knowledge needed to understand and adapt it into their IT organizations."

—Sabri Hamed Al-Azazi, CIO of Dubai Holding, Sabri

"I am extremely impressed by the depth and scale of this book! The title is perfect—when you know where you want to go, you need a compass to guide you there! After good IT strategy leads you to SOA, this book is the perfect vehicle that will drive you from dream to reality. We in DSK Bank will use it as our SOA bible in the ongoing project."

—Miro Vichev, CIO, DSK Bank, Bulgaria, member of OTP Group

"Service-Oriented Architecture offers a pathway to networking of intra- and inter-corporate business systems. The standards have the potential to create far more flexible and resilient business information systems than have been possible in the past. This book is a must-read for those who care about the future of business IT."

—Elizabeth Hackenson, CIO, MCI

"Service-Oriented Architecture is key to help customers become on demand businesses—a business that can quickly respond to competitive threats and be first to take advantage of marketplace opportunities. SOA Compass is a must-read for those individuals looking to bridge the gap between IT and business in order to help their enterprises become more flexible and responsive."

—Michael Liebow, Vice President, Web Services and Service-Oriented Architecture, IBM Business Consulting Services

"This book is a welcome addition to SOA literature. It articulates the business case and provides practical proven real-world advice, guidance, tips, and techniques for organizations to make the evolution from simple point-to-point web services to true SOA by addressing such topics as planning, organization, analysis and design, security, and systems management."

—Denis O'Sullivan, Fireman's Fund Enterprise Architect

Maximize the business value and flexibility of your SOA deployment

In this book, IBM Enterprise Integration Team experts present a start-to-finish guide to planning, implementing, and managing Service-Oriented Architecture. Drawing on their extensive experience helping enterprise customers migrate to SOA, the authors share hard-earned lessons and best practices for architects, project managers, and software development leaders alike.

Well-written and practical, Service-Oriented Architecture Compass offers the perfect blend of principles and "how-to" guidance for transitioning your infrastructure to SOA. The authors clearly explain what SOA is, the opportunities it offers, and how it differs from earlier approaches. Using detailed examples from IBM consulting engagements, they show how to deploy SOA solutions that tightly integrate with your processes and operations, delivering maximum flexibility and value. With detailed coverage of topics ranging from policy-based management to workflow implementation, no other SOA book offers comparable value to workingIT professionals.

Coverage includes

  • SOA from both a business and technical standpoint—and how to make the business case

  • Planning your SOA project: best practices and pitfalls to avoid

  • SOA analysis and design for superior flexibility and value

  • Securing and managing your SOA environment

  • Using SOA to simplify enterprise application integration

  • Implementing business processes and workflow in SOA environments

  • Case studies in SOA deployment

  • After you've deployed: delivering better collaboration, greater scalability, and more sophisticated applications

The IBM Press developerWorks® Series is a unique undertaking in which print books and the Web are mutually supportive. The publications in this series are complemented by resources on the developerWorks Web site on ibm.com. Icons throughout the book alert the reader to these valuable resources.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Norbert Bieberstein is a solution architect for the IBM Enterprise Integration team and is responsible for the team's worldwide communication. In his dual role, he gained first-hand experiences from customer projects in various industries striving to migrate to SOA-based On Demand solutions. He currently is completing his MBA at Henley Management College in the United Kingdom. In his communication role, he is delivering insight and best practices to IBM and customers in various forms. Norbert co-authored the IBM Redbooks Introduction to Grid Computing with Globus (SG24-6895-01) and Enabling Applications for Grid Computing with Globus (SG24-6936-00), wrote the textbook CASE-Tools (ISBN: 3446175261), and published several magazine articles on various IT topics. Norbert also worked as a technology manager in the IBM software partner organization, where he led the IBM OMG delegation during UML definition. He also acted as a software engineering (CASE) consultant to the IBM software development labs. Norbert has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and computer sciences. Before joining IBM in 1989, he was an application developer for a regional CIM provider and worked as scientific programmer at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), where he received his masters in mathematics and geography. He also holds teacher's degrees for higher education in Germany. He lives with his family near Düsseldorf, Germany.

Sanjay Bose is the Design Center leader for the IBM Enterprise Integration team. He has more than 12 years of IT industry experience, primarily focused on creating product architecture and design, articulating technical strategy, and designing enterprise application systems using distributed technologies. He currently leads the design center to identify IBM software portfolio requirements and to develop solution components and assets by engaging enterprise clients and IBM software product development laboratories. His areas of expertise include service-oriented architecture, enterprise service bus, Web services, J2EE, and e-business technologies. Sanjay also worked in product development on the WebSphere Application Server and the WebSphere Portal Server. He has published several technical papers and also has contributed to industry specifications and standards. Sanjay received his bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai, India and has completed MBA coursework at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. He lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Marc Fiammante is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, elected to the IBM Academy of Technology in 2003, with wide experience in large project architecture and software development on multiple environments. He is the chief architect of the European, Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific Enterprise Integration Solutions team. Marc has 21 years of experience in IT. He has filed several software domain patents and has published several articles related to e-business technologies. He leads architecture teams in major industry projects. He has architectural and technical expertise with service-oriented architecture, Web services, enterprise application integration, and e-business and object-oriented technologies, including a number of software middleware systems, programming languages, and standards. Marc is a graduate engineer of the Ecole Centrale de Paris.

Keith Jones, PhD, is currently a leading IT architect at IBM Enterprise Integration Solutions, where he focuses on the definition and implementation of service-oriented architectures with leading-edge customers. He has 30 years of experience in the IT industry as a systems engineer, software developer, strategist, systems architect, and author of many middleware publications. Keith's professional interests center on building transactional, message-oriented, and service-oriented middleware infrastructures in support of business processes in a wide range of customer environments. Most recently, these have included infrastructures at major financial services, retail services, automotive manufacturing, online media, and auction enterprises. Keith has a PhD in chemistry and lives with his family in Boulder, Colorado.

Rawn Shah is the Community Editor (and, formerly, the SOA and Web services Zone Editor) for IBM developerWorks. Rawn has 12 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in various roles including positions as a network administrator, an application developer, a vice president of a regional Internet service provider, a columnist, an author, and an editor. He has written more than 280 articles for dozens of technology magazines, including CNN.com, NetworkWorld, JavaWorld, NC World, Windows TechEdge, and LinuxWorld, and he was directly involved in the release of the industry-leading publications JavaWorld and LinuxWorld in the mid-1990s. His interests lie in finding new ways for facilitating the communication and collaboration of technical ideas and processes between distributed audiences and transferring this knowledge in meaningful ways to nontechnical audiences such as business teams. He and his family currently reside in Tucson, Arizona.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: IBM Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131870025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131870024
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,224,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a while, as a senior architect and technical director, I've been planning to position SOA - articulate it's major business benefits and formulate an adoption plan - for my company. There are a lot of interesting articles on the web but they are not providing a consolidated and coherent view at the level which I needed.

The SOA Compass provided an impressive and well developed view of the various elements in SOA adoption - ranging from business value & enterprise governance to the nitty gritty of non-functional requirements (security, management). After reading the chapters, I can appreciate the breadth of the various facets, and the associated factors and relevant issues. The book provided an enlightening experience.

I'd strongly recommend this book to anyone who's struggling to get answers to the myriad of questions around SOA ... this book lives up to its title and provides a compass to navigate the SOA labyrinth. Finally, it was pleasant to read the foreword by Vinton Cerf, the father of the internet and chief technology guru at Google.
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The whole subject of SOA, or Service Oriented Architecture, is getting to be ever-more mainstream in IT organizations. Being able to build systems using a web services architecture presents some very real advantages, but how do you know where to begin? From an architecture and structure viewpoint, this book does a pretty good job... Service-Oriented Architecture Compass: Business Value, Planning, and Enterprise Roadmap by Norbert Bieberstein, Sanjay Bose, Marc Fiammante, Keith Jones, and Rawn Shah.

Contents: Introducing SOA; Explaining the Business Value of SOA; Architecture Elements; SOA Project Planning Aspects; Aspects of Analysis and Design; Enterprise Solution Assets; Determining Non-Functional Requirements; Securing the SOA Environment; Managing the SOA Environment; Case Studies in SOA Deployment; Navigating Forward; Glossary; Index

Given the right audience, this has a lot of valuable information. If you're a developer looking for information on how to code a web service, then you'll likely be highly disappointed. This book is *not* a coding tutorial, nor does it profess to be. It really serves as a guide on how an SOA environment can be built and leveraged within an organization. I would see this as being a great book for an application architect trying to position an organization's overall application strategy. For a person like that, all the important concepts are to be found here. There's the "why"... why be concerned with SOA? There's the "who"... Who in your organization plays a part in designing and building these services to be used by the business? And of course, there's a lot of "what"... What are the parts that make up an SOA implementation, and what does an organization have to take into account to make it all work together?
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Service Oriented Architecture is one of these concepts that has come along and gripped a substantial part of the business and technical imagination. So companies like IBM are attempting to flesh out what this could mean for their customers.

From the text, it can be considered that SOA is the idea of Web Services, taken to a higher level. The book describes SOA as "a set of flexible services and processes that a business wants to expose to its customers, partners, or internally". Each of these services might well be implemented as a Web Service. SOA is more about the framework that aggregates these Web Services in a simple, modular manner.

Plus, note the word "processes". This can include activities or procedures that might not be expressed, or easily expressible if at all, as Web Services. Another dimension in which SOA differs from a Web Service.

How will SOA turn out in practice? The book's explanation is impressive, but at its level of discussion, there is a certain inevitable amount of jargon and handwaving. The lower level idea of Web Services seems now to be reasonably valid and successful. It will take more time with SOA to see what happens.

The book also has a tangential and useful feature. Each chapter ends with links to papers that IBM makes publicly available at its developerWorks website. A rich resource for you to mine. The technical calibre of those papers tends to be quite high, and they develop further the various ideas in the chapters. If this book puts you into the habit of regularly perusing developerWorks, that in itself is a good thing.

By the way, as a minor note, you can tell that SOA is still very new. See in the title of this book the dash between Service and Oriented? This is like when the Web first burst into the general scene. It was then often written as World-Wide Web. The latter notation makes sense, except that nobody writes that way anymore.
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The IBM Enterprise Integration Team experts provide a comprehensive guide to planning, using and managing Service-Oriented Architecture, helping business readers migrate to SOA by sharing best practices and lessons gained from projects and development efforts. From considering SOA's impact and importance in the business environment to SOA design, analysis, security and integration into other systems, chapters provide technical and detailed software engineering information based on models, services and activities in real world situations.
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