Leading SOA Advisors ZapThink Strike up Partnership with Business/IT Consulting Company Online Business Systems

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SOA expert advisory firm ZapThink and consulting firm Online Business Systems have joined forces to assist companies that aspire to transform themselves into agile businesses. Online has developed a successful track record of SOA implementations by leveraging its decades worth of experience with complex, multi-platform enterprise integration work.

ZapThink and Online Business Systems have joined forces to assist companies that aspire to transform themselves into agile businesses.

Jason Bloomberg and Ronald Schmelzer, ZapThink’s senior analysts and authors of the bestselling book "Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation will Change Your Business," are at the forefront of the Service Orientation movement. They have been evangelizing their vision and strategy for approaching and implementing Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) within organizations for six years. To help them handle the demand for their strategic SOA services, Bloomberg and Schmelzer launched the Licensed ZapThink Partner (LZP) program with Online Business Systems invited a charter member.

“To deliver on our vision we were looking for like-minded partners that not only shared our beliefs and enthusiasm for Service Orientation but also had the experience implementing it within organizations,” says Schmelzer. “Online has developed a successful track record of SOA implementations by leveraging its decades worth of experience with complex, multi-platform enterprise integration work.”

“Just because companies are implementing SOA doesn't mean they’re implementing it in the most effective way," says Bloomberg. “ZapThink collects the most effective, highest quality approaches to doing SOA and compiles them in such a way that emerging leaders of the SOA movement can leverage them for their own success. Our LZPs are the only credentialed firms qualified to deliver high-quality SOA leveraging these approaches and best practices. Whether a company needs guidance on developing their SOA implementation strategy, defining their SOA scope, building their business case for SOA, or developing their SOA organizational and architectural change management strategy, our Master Architects have the experience to help.”

“ZapThink shows true thought leadership in understanding Service Orientation,” says Tim Siemens, Online’s Chief Technology Officer. “As a business and technology consulting company, our clients depend on us to stay at the forefront of the changes in technology. With several of our senior architects now credentialed by ZapThink as Master Architects, we are in a better position than ever to deliver high-quality SOA strategy and implementation to our clients.”

Online and ZapThink have already put their partnership into action by delivering a SOA strategy course to the Communication and Information Wing at Scott Air Force base in Illinois, as well as a number of joint-training sessions offered through the Intervista Institute. “These courses are truly unique, since they cover both the academic vision AND actual lessons learned from the trenches, and are presented by Enterprise Architects with real world implementation experience,” says Murray Laatsch, Integration Director for Online and ZapThink Master Architect. “Many of our clients are looking for logical next steps in raising their corporate SOA maturity and these educational and informative sessions offer that.”

About Online Business Systems

Online has been guiding clients in exploring their potential through innovative business and technology consulting for more than 20 years. We deliver solutions in Business Process Management, Application Development, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Integration, and Customer Experience Management. Online enables client innovation by transforming their complex business processes and vast amounts of data into the strategic intelligence they need to be leaders. As a result, we are trusted advisors to clients in the Energy, Healthcare, Financial Services, and Integrated Justice & Public Safety sectors.

About ZapThink

Founded in October 2000, ZapThink, LLC (http://www.zapthink.com) is an IT advisory and analysis firm that provides trusted advice and critical insight into the architectural and organizational changes brought about by the movement to XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation. We provide our three target audiences of IT vendors, service providers and end-users a clear roadmap for standards-based, loosely coupled distributed computing - a vision of IT meeting the needs of the agile business. ZapThink is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Its customers include Global 1000 firms and emerging businesses.

ZAPTHINK CONTACT:    ONLINE CONTACT:

Ronald Schmelzer    Dominic Kingston

ZapThink, LLC    Online Business Systems

108 Woodlawn Rd.    1710, 840-7th Avenue SW

Baltimore, MD 21210    Calgary, AB T2P 3G2

Phone: (781) 207-0203    Phone: (403) 265-8515

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