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SOA in Practice--New from O'Reilly: The Art of Distributed System Design

September 5, 2007

Sebastopol, CA--Nicolai Josuttis never planned on becoming a SOA expert. "I was a team leader in a department which was instructed to use the new service-oriented architecture approach to communicate with the systems of departments and business units," writes Jousuttis in his newly released book, SOA in Practice (O'Reilly, $39.99). "But once we began the project, things turned out to work less smoothly than we had expected."

So, he and his team fixed broken processes, automated manual efforts, influenced strategic design, provided support, and last, but not least, taught others about the concepts and ideas behind SOA, and the reasons for his specific decisions and policies.

Drawing on this on-the-job experience, Josuttis began giving SOA consultations, reviews, talks, and training sessions. And in his new book, Josuttis focuses not only on SOA concepts, but real-world, practical applications.

In it, Josuttis explains how SOA can simplify the creation and maintenance of large-scale applications. Whether readers are dealing with an outsized set of Web Services-based components or trying to connect legacy applications to more modern business processes, this book clarifies how SOA fits their needs.

After defining SOA's many facets, examining typical use patterns, and exploring how loose coupling helps build stronger applications, "SOA in Practice" presents a framework to help readers determine when and how to take advantage of SOA. In this book, readers learn how to:

  • Focus squarely on real technology and deployment, not just standards maps
  • Examine business problems to determine which ones fit a SOA approach before plastering a SOA solution on top of them
  • Find clear paths for building solutions without getting trapped in the mire of changing Web Services details
  • Gain the experience of a systems analyst intimately involved with SOA

"The problem is you can't just buy SOA. You have to understand it and live it," Josuttis adds. And this book shows you how.

Advance Praise "The principles and experiences described in this book played an important role in making SOA at T-Mobile a success story, with more than 10 million service calls per day."
--Dr. Steffen Roehn, Member of the Executive Committee, T-Mobile International (CIO)

"Nicolai Josuttis has produced something that is rare in the over-hyped world of SOA: a thoughtful work with deep insights based on hands-on experiences. This book is a significant milestone in promoting practical disciplines for all SOA practitioners."
--John Schmidt, Chairman, Integration Consortium

"The book belongs in the hands of every CIO, IT Director and IT planning manager."
--Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group; Executive Director, SOA Consortium

Nicolai M. Josuttis, who wrote "The C++ Standard Library" and "C++ Templates," both for Addison-Wesley, has worked as a systems architect and technical manager. Recently, he spent two years rolling out a SOA at an international phone company. Nicolai presents SOA tutorials at several conferences, and he has been speaking on the subject for many years.

More information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bio, and samples

SOA in Practice The Art of Distributed System Design
Nicolai Josuttis
ISBN: 0-596-52955-4, $39.99 USD
1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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