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What is the primary driver for SOA in companies?

 Source: Based on online poll conducted in 2007
Idea behind the Conference

Clive Finkelstein is acknowledged worldwide as the "Father" of Information Engineering (IE), having developed its concepts from 1976 - 1980 based on original work carried out by him to bridge from strategic business planning to information systems.

With the rapid pace of change today, the need for transformation from today's inflexible business environment to an agile enterprise that can change direction rapidly has never been greater. Yet the structures, processes and systems that we have today are inflexible: they are incapable of rapid change. Methods and technologies for Rapid Delivery of e-Government and e-Business Strategies are needed that support rapid business change - with systems that also change in lock-step. This is both a business problem and a computer problem. It needs strategic direction from management, with these directions then translated into rapid delivery action using SOA Technologies by your business experts working with your IT experts.

So, what is SOA? Is it a Service Oriented "Architecture" or just a "Approach" or is it a final "silver bullet" to the CXO's for solving all their IT problems?

While SOA facilitates delivery of common interoperable
decision support capability,
Enterprise Architecture(EA) focuses on IT efficiencies and performance.

As we understand, SOA technologies are the manifestation of next generation distributed computing & integration. The difference today is the loose coupling allowed by XML-based SOAP transports (more sophisticated RPC). While when we discuss about EA, the idea is to define a balance between the business strategy and technology capability. It is going to be very difficult to do SOA without initiating the cross-enterprise view and standards as detailed in Enterprise Architecture (EA). In absence of such balance, we will see business units chasing the latest "magic bullet" technology for its own sake, and the resulting legacy of chaos, inefficiency and "cylinders of excellence"

Today, several enterprises are looking at BPM as the key driver for SOA implementations. They are seriously pursuing combined SOA-BPM approaches to increase the flexibility of business processes. There is also growing adoption of MDA for realizing SOA as it provides well-defined (standard based) approach to go from higher-level models (platform independent) to code.

Unfortunately, the knowledge of SOA
and its benefits are
predominantly superficial at this stage. Indian market is still in the nascent stage.

India's Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) market is the fastest growing one in the APAC region and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 49% from 2006-2009 (based on Springboard Research). Most of the large organizations in banking, manufacturing and telecommunications still don't have well defined enterprise-wide SOA plans.



This one-day program by Clive Finkelstein will focus on how to do the everyday hard stuff of good architecture and good solid software services. This will help the participants to learn how to deliver priority processes into production as automatically generated systems using XML, Web Services, Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM).

"Clive's methodology is one of the few methodologies that I know that actually addresses some of the enterprise engineering design objectives that go far beyond just getting the code to run."

                                                                               --- From the foreword by John A. Zachman


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