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Ron Schmelzer

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As XML becomes ubiquitous throughout the enterprise, it increasingly taxes the systems that must deal with it. Even though there are a wide range of hardware and software solutions coming to market that aim to alleviate XML's performance bottlenecks (See ZapThink's XML Proxies Report), many developers are nevertheless resorting to a variety of tactics to improve the performance of XML processing and transmission that are… well… creative. Many of these creative approaches simplify certain aspects of XML in order to squeeze document size, improve parser performance, and speed the mapping of XML document components to application objects. Why must developers jump through so many hoops to improve the performance of XML? Simply put, XML is not a particularly efficient format for representing information. It is a text-based, human-readable, and metadata-encoded markup la... (more)

ZapThink Expands Its Footprint Into South Africa

ZapThink today announces the availability of a series of SOA training and certification courses in Johannesburg, South Africa, run in conjunction with realIRM. ZapThink will run its four-day Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Boot Camp, providing in-depth, hands-on training and certification on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and taught by notable SOA expert Jason Bloomberg as well as a one-day LZA renewal course and ZapThink's popular SOA Governance Training & Certification courses. The details for each are listed below. "Companies are finding it difficult to learn what they... (more)

SOA Is For Small Business Too

ZapThink frequently talks about how Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) provides significant benefits to enterprises by virtue of its ability to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of integration and enable business agility. It is apparent that companies in many industries are realizing the promise of SOA by implementing a variety of SOA-related projects. However, much of the short-term promise of SOA applies to companies where the integration cost and complexity is high because their IT infrastructure is heterogeneous – that is, consisting of a wide range of disparate ... (more)

Understanding the Value of Reference Architectures

There’s nothing more that architects love to do than argue about definitions. If you ever find yourself with idle time in a room of architects, try asking for a definition of “Service” or “architecture” and see what sort of creative melee you can start. That being said, definitions are indeed very important so that we can have a common language to communicate the intent and benefit of the very things we are trying to convince business to invest in. From that perspective, a number of concepts have emerged in the past decade or so that have become top of mind for self-styled ente... (more)

ZapThink Announces Release of Online, Computer-Based SOA Training

ZapThink today announces the availability of its online, computer-based Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) training and credentialing course. In this first-of-its-kind offering, attendees can get access to over 20 hours of self-paced video instruction and slides, online testing and evaluation, and opportunity to submit architectural exercises to ZapThink master architects for grading and assessment. Upon completion of the online course, attendees will receive the same LZA Credential that they would receive if they attended one of ZapThink’s po... (more)