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Understanding Enterprise SOA gives technologists and business people an invaluable and until now missing integrated picture of the issues and their interdependencies. You will learn how to think in a big way, moving confidently between technology- and business-level concerns. Written in a comfortable, mentoring style by two industry insiders, the book draws conclusions from actual experiences of real companies in diverse industries, from manufacturing to genome research. It cuts through vendor hype and shows you what it really takes to get SOA to work.

Intended for both business people and technologists, the book reviews core SOA technologies and uncovers the critical human factors involved in deploying them. You will see how enterprise SOA changes the terrain of EAI, B2B commerce, business process management, "real time" operations, and enterprise software development in general.

What's Inside

  • How SOA streamlines portal development and EAI
  • Rapid integration with partners
  • Effective BPM and real time management
  • How to design, develop, run, and secure an SOA
  • Real-world SOA deployment scenarios
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What People Are Saying

Paul Gaffney
Paul Gaffney, Staples, Inc., From the Foreword
SOA is real ... Pulier is uniquely qualified to make it accessible to the general business audience.
Deborah Blackwell
Deborah Blackwell, Disney ABC Cable Networks Group
Brings to life interconnected SOA business and technology concerns.
Loly Hlade
Loly Hlade, Countrywide Financial Corporation
It has made my life easier.
Jason Bloomberg
Jason Bloomberg,Senior Analyst, Zapthink
An incredibly useful case study, a compelling read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932394597
  • Publisher: Manning Publications Company
  • Publication date: 11/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Pulier, President & CEO of SOA Software, is a widely recognized figure in the world of information technology. Named one of 30 e-Visionaries by VAR Business, Pulier is a featured speaker at industry conferences and events. He is currently a member of the IBM's UDDI Advisory Community. Pulier leads SOA Software, working with such clients as Toyota, US Steel, Hewlett Packard, and Charles Schwab. On the national stage, Pulier served as creator of the technology Exhibition at the 1996 Presidential inauguration and was an advisor to Vice President Al Gore on healthcare and technology.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Understanding the technology of enterprise SOA 1
1 The goal of loose coupling 3
2 Web services overview 23
3 What Web services can do 37
4 What is SOA? 49
5 SOA for enterprise application integration 58
6 SOA for B2B commerce 73
7 SOA : improved business processes 85
8 Real-time operations 98
9 Security in a loosely coupled environment 109
10 Running an SOA 126
11 Assembling SOA networks 139
12 Utility computing 151
Pt. 2 Understanding the people and process of enterprise SOA 161
13 Exploring an SOA for Titan 163
14 Achieving consensus at Titan 178
15 People : starting the training 188
16 People : establishing best practices 198
17 People : establishing best practices 213
18 Plan and proceed 225
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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    Good introduction to SOA

    Working on IBM Jazz platform made me to look for a good book like this one on SOA as Jazz is a realization of SOA. The book has a very good introduction to SOA. The book examines SOA from both technical and business perspective. The book covers both pros and cons of SOA and why (and where) it makes more sense for going for SOA approach. The author talks about web services, loose coupling, and then jumps into SOA concepts. SOA for EAI (Enterprise Application Integration), SOA for B2B commerce, SOA for real-time operations, and security in SOA etc are discussed. There is a case study discussing SOA implementation for an insurance company. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to know and understand what SOA is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006


    Are you having a problem making sense of the new emerging standards for virtually all of the major information technology decisions? If you are, then this book is for you. Authors Eric Pulier and Hugh Taylor, have done an outstanding job of writing a book for business professionals that explains and clarifies the way web services work in a business setting. Pulier and Taylor, begin by providing a broad overview of web services, how they work, and what they can do for your business. Then, they introduce the concept of the service-oriented architecture. The authors continue by exploring how the enterprise SOA changes the terrain of enterprise application integration, software development, business-to-business commerce, business process management, and real-time operations. Next, they introduce the extremely important discussions of security and management of enterprise SOA. Then, the authors look at SOA networks and utility computing, two deployment scenarios that are likely to be on your horizon if you are considering and SOA. The authors continue by looking at realizing Titan's wish list for its SOA and begin to sort out how to deal with the individual players involved in the process. Next, they continue with a description of how they achieved consensus among the players about how to pursue an effective SOA. Then, the authors introduce the 'four P's' and their suggested four stage process for best practices in enterprise SOA. They also go into more depth on how the training and pilot planning process works. The authors continue by examining platform selection and establishment of project goals and measurements of success. Finally, they conclude the book with a look at how Titan Insurance has moved forward with its SOA plan. This most excellent book is organized around two critical areas necessary in realizing an enterprise SOA: technology and people. The authors will show you how to think in a big way--moving confidently between technology- and business-level concerns.

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