SOA: Ensuring a Competitive Advantage through Infrastructure Interoperability to Maximize ROI

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Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an ideal approach for the modern enterprise allowing processes to interconnect easily. What is te real value added to business and how does it maximize ROI?

In a free Xtalks webinar on April 13, 2006, James McKenney, Information Technology Security Officer, Security Bank of Kansas, and Stéphane Gagnon, Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Michael Curry, Product Marketing Manager, IBM Information Integration Solutions, will provide an overview of service-oriented architecture.

Xtalks is pleased to present the Service-Oriented Architecture Web Conference. There is still time to register for free at:

Ensuring a Competitive Advantage through Infrastructure Interoperability to Maximize ROI

To ensure a competitive advantage companies today need to allow processes to interconnect easily in a flexible infrastructure based on business needs. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is therefore an ideal approach for the modern enterprise. If properly managed and secured, it can provide the reliability and interoperability crucial to the open ended data flow needed to help companies succeed in this technologically driven economy.

To fully benefit from SOA, companies need to employ the right metrics and be consistent in their use. In the near future, as organizations increase the flexibility and responsiveness of their business processes by directly interoperating with their suppliers, customers, and other partners, the SOA approach will become indispensable.

The speakers will discuss such areas as:

  •     How SOA relates/compares with other IT approaches (e.g., EA, BPM, BRE, MDA, EDA, etc.)?
  •     What is the real value added to business and how does it improve ROI?
  •     What is the impact (and relationship) of SOA with component/process reuse, model-driven engineering, Web Services vs. MQ/EAI vs. DW/EII vs Workflows/Portals?
  •     The key success factors for SOA in the short vs. long run.

The web conference is sponsored by IBM WebSphere Information Integration, who will host a workshop following the keynote presentation and before the Q&A session.

Registration for the event is currently open and free at:

About the Keynote Speakers

James McKenney, Information Technology Security Officer, Security Bank of Kansas

Jim works diligently on developing and implementing systems to reduce the costs of security mechanisms and facilitate information security program communication between business units. He works extensively with the Open Source Community on intrusion detection, logging systems, data analysis, event correlation, forensics analysis and content management platforms. His coding expertise lies with, Linux based -MySQL, PostGRE, Apache, Tomcat, PHP, HTML, XML and Perl.

Jim is currently Information Technology Security Officer at Security Bank of Kansas City Data Center and holds the SANS Institutes GSEC, GSIF, GSNA credentials as well as the Certified Information Systems Manager (CISA) designation from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Stéphane Gagnon, Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Dr. Stéphane Gagnon is an Assistant Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He is jointly appointed with the School of Management and the College of Computing Sciences in the Department of Information Systems.

His research is focused on developing new decision models for business adopters building applications with the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). He also carries out comparative case studies to identify best practices in Business Process Management (BPM) and the Model Driven Architecture (MDA), and how their combination with the SOA are radically changing application development and process integration.

His academic service includes co-chairing the International Workshops for IEEE and ACM on Business Services Networks (BSN) and Service Oriented Business Process Integration (SOBPI). He is also acting as VP Research and Standards for the Integration Consortium, the leading user-driven association of SOA and EAI professionals.

Michael Curry, Product Marketing Manager, IBM Information Integration Solutions

Michael Curry is a Senior Product Marketing Manager with the Information Integration Solutions Team for IBM's Software Group, focused on their Service Oriented Architecture initiatives. With over 10 years of experience in the software and systems integration industries, his career has focused on implementing large-scale systems within Fortune 500 companies, primarily in the finance industry. Prior to Ascential, Michael worked as VP of Products at Java application development software startup Altio, and has held management positions at PFN, Level(3) Communications and Seer Technologies. He is a prominent public speaker in Java and XML technologies, and a frequent contributor to industry articles and publications.

About IBM WebSphere Information Integration

Organizations face an information challenge. Where is it? How do I get it when I need it in the form I need? What does it mean? What insight can I gain from it? Can I trust it? How do I control it? The list goes on, and the challenges grow unceasingly if organizations cannot ensure they have access to authoritative, consistent, timely and complete information.

The IBM® WebSphere® Information Integration platform integrates and transforms any data and content to deliver information clients can trust for their critical business initiatives. It provides breakthrough productivity, flexibility and performance, so clients and their customers and partners have the right information for running and growing their businesses. It helps clients understand, cleanse and enhance information, while governing its quality to ultimately provide authoritative information. Integrated across the extended enterprise and delivered when the client needs it, this consistent, timely and complete information can enrich business processes, enable key contextual insights and inspire confident business decision-making.

About Xtalks

Xtalks (recently featured in the London Times article Conference call that spans the globe) brings industry experts to executives’ desktops around the world in a web-based information network that provides insight into breaking business issues through interactive digital web conferences. By leveraging the best of hi-speed Internet and telecom technology, Xtalks provides a fantastic forum for highly interactive communication. Xtalks web conferences allow anyone with interest in a particular topic to participate in a web meeting by synchronizing their desktop computer and phone alongside industry experts. Xtalks is part of The Honeycomb Worldwide Group of Companies (, including Honeycomb Connect, a leader in executive networking, event management, web conferencing, publishing, and digital media with offices in North America and Europe.

“Xtalks' webinar brought together the top end users, technology vendors, and thinkers in the space,” says Ed Hess, Editor of Integrated Solutions Magazine, referring to a previous Xtalks’ event. “As a media sponsor of the event, we were ecstatic to see the level of commitment and execution that Xtalks showed in making the event a huge success. It was informative and filled with new and fresh insights. The Q&A session was highly interactive and addressed a range of issues. In terms of online events, it set a standard that others will have trouble matching."

For more information on this conference or Xtalks in general, or to enquire about speaking opportunities or sponsoring future events, visit or contact Karen Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer, at phone: 312-977-1166 x1209.

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