The Integration Consortium's IC SOA Launches Informational Webinar Series

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IC Members collaborate to host SOA discussions that offer member insight and expertise.

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It is not sufficient to read analyst reports and read the latest books. Collaborative networked learning from practice leaders in the IC community is an essential way to stay on top of the challenges in the modern world. This Webinar series is a key element that every IT professional should include in their personal knowledge management.

The Integration Consortium this month announces the first in a series of webinars designed to bring hot SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) topics up for discussion with a focus on interaction & collaboration. IC Members will host the webinars quarterly on SOA topics selected by the organization's IC SOA group.

The IC SOA is a global community of practice comprised of senior IT leaders dedicated to the ideals of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as the prevalent IT-model for transforming business and improving IT practices. The IC SOA explores the value of SOA by sharing and delivering real world experiences. The group convenes monthly via the IC's collaborative member website to discuss topics such as REST (Representational State Transfer), EDA (Event Driven Architecture) and more.

GT Software leads the effort by sponsoring the first webinar to take place on November 13th, 2007. The discussion will focus on Mainframe SOA: Best Practices and Real-Life Experience from the Trenches, and will feature a roundtable discussion led by Mr. Steve Craggs, IC European Chairman.

"GT Software is pleased to have the opportunity to host discussions such as these in efforts to further educate SOA practitioners," said Rob Morris, GT Software and IC Board Member. "Following the webinar, attendees can continue the dialog via the IC's collaborative website enabling interaction with SOA and integration experts across all industries and geographies. This is truly where the IC differentiates itself amongst industry organizations."

IC Chairman, John Schmidt, says "It is not sufficient to read analyst reports and read the latest books. Collaborative networked learning from practice leaders in the IC community is an essential way to stay on top of the challenges in the modern world. This Webinar series is a key element that every IT professional should include in their personal knowledge management."

For more information about the IC SOA and to register for this webinar, please visit: http://icsoa.icmembers.org/

About the Integration Consortium
The IC is a member-driven community that shares experiences, knowledge and best practices in multiple forums. Our members champion; innovation, feedback between members, collaboration with standards bodies, and the articulation of strategic and measurable business benefits for leading-edge capabilities. Annual meetings are complemented by a growing number of regional chapters who meet periodically. On-going networking is encouraged through the dynamic IC website which supports knowledge exchange and records of industry papers and studies.

The mission of the Integration Consortium (IC) is to foster the leading community of like-minded Information Technology professionals responsible for transforming business through both traditional systems integration and emerging SOA with greater agility, ease of use and business results.

One of the IC's strengths is the diversity of member support and interest. Our membership includes end user corporations, independent software suppliers, hardware suppliers, system integrators, academic institutions, non-profit institutions, individual members as well as various industry leaders. Information on the IC is available at http://www.integrationconsortium.org or by sending an e-mail to info@integrationconsortium.org

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