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 the real value added to business and how does it maximize ROI?

Service-Oriented Architecture Web Conference

Featuring Richard Burk, Chief Architect and Director of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program, Office of Management and Budget, Stéphane Gagnon, Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Michael Curry, Product Marketing Manager, IBM Information Integration Solutions

(PRWEB) May 15, 2006 -- In this Xtalks web conference on June 2, 2006, Richard Burk, Chief Architect and Director of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program, Office of Management and Budget, Stéphane Gagnon, Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Michael Curry, Product Marketing Manager, IBM Information Integration Solutions, discuss service-oriented architecture as a means to maximize ROI.

Xtalks is pleased to present the Service-Oriented Architecture Web Conference. Complimentary registration is available at: http://www.xtalks.com/soa.ashx

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.

There is still time to register at: http://www.xtalks.com/SOA.ashx

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 at: http://www.xtalks.com/soa.ashx

About the Keynote Speakers

Richard Burk, Chief Architect and Director of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program (FEA), Office of Management and Budget

Richard “Dick” Burk is the Chief Architect and Director of the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Program within the Office of E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In this role, he leads the FEA Program Management Office support team in developing and evolving a business and technology framework for the President’s E-Government Initiatives and the alignment of Federal IT investments to The President’s Management Agenda. Prior to OMB, Burk was the Chief Architect for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where he was responsible for the development and delivery of HUD’s Enterprise Architecture Practice, Data Management Practice and Strategic Planning Process. Burk’s 30-year career at HUD Headquarters spanned the research, development and housing rehabilitation. Burk earned a Masters in Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University and worked for the City of Columbus Finance Department before coming to HUD in Washington, DC. Prior to graduate school, he served for two years as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Uganda, East Africa.

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.

http://ibm.ascential.com

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 (http://www.honeycombworldwide.com), 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 http://www.xtalks.com or contact Karen Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer, at phone: 312-977-1166 x1209.

Register for free at http://www.xtalks.com/soa.ashx

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