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Agile SOA Across the Lifecycle - Part Six: Conclusion and Index of Links

This is the last of a six part series of posts on the Agile SOA life cycle. Here we will provide our conclusions. As the development lifecycle has changed from traditional waterfall development and testing, to agile, spiral and scrum models supported by ALM, the need for continuous testing throughout the lifecycle has become self-evident. In order to evolve these processes, and achieve the business responsiveness and cost benefits of SOA, there is a need for vastly improved processes in how we build, implement, and test systems. This series only covers some broad brushes of how Lifecycle Quality can be embedded into your testing, ALM and Governance processes. We see customers using these same capabilities in new ways every day ??? for instance, using LISA Virtualize to create virtual service environments, Virtualization of the behavior of services, mainframes and data enables teams to get up to speed in managing and testing against a realistic environment that would be too costly to reproduce otherwise. This increases agility by moving teams into more parallel development cycles, through eliminating the constraints of services and components that are not available for testing. Real cost savings are available here and this should resonate well with companies in today???s tight economy as we have discussed in recent posts, We also agree with Jeff Schneider???s post, Talking to the Business about SOA, that it is okay to talk to the business about these benefits. Most of those who commented on his post agreed, as well.  We are seeing strong business interest continue in these tough times. Companies have invested significant cost and effort in establishing solid processes with market leading tools ??? and we need to bake quality and enforcement capabilities into these tools, without dictating the process. iTKO LISA???s automated testing, validation and service virtualization works alongside test management, ALM, IT Operations and SOA governance platforms to provide an exponential gain in application quality, development agility, and most importantly, trust across producers and consumers of today???s heterogeneous, interconnected applications. This concludes our six part series on Agile SOA Across the Lifecycle with LISA. You can download this complete series at our ITKO LISA resources page. Below are links to the individual posts as they appeared on this blog. Agile SOA Across the Lifecycle with LISA - Part One: IntroductionAgile SOA Across the Lifecycle with LISA - Part Two: Test & Quality ManagementAgile SOA Across the Lifecycle with LISA - Part Three: Application Lifecycle ManagementAgile SOA Across the Lifecycle - Part Four: IT Operations, Monitoring & PerformanceAgile SOA Across the Lifecycle - Part Five: IT and SOA Governance

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