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Service Oriented Architechure
Technology July 11, 2006, 1:00 - 3:00pm EDT
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
- Richard Burk, Chief Architect and Director of the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program, Office of Management and BudgetLearn More
- Dr. Stéphane Gagnon, Professor of Operation and Information in the Department of Administrative Sciences (DSA),University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO) Learn More
- Ernie Ostic, Principal Product Specialist, IBM Information Integration Solutions Learn More
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Ensuring a Competitive Advantage through Infrastructure Interoperability to Maximize ROI

To ensure a competitive advantagecompanies 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.

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Take away points include:

  • 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?


EVP, SVP, VP to Chief Officer
and Heads of:

  • Information Technology
  • System Architecture,
  • Integration Architecture,
  • Technology,
  • Customer Service,
  • Business Development 
  • Information Security

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. 


The Integration Consortium, is a non-profit, leading industry body responsible for influencing the direction of the integration industry. Our members champion Integration Acumen by establishing standards, guidelines, best practices, research and the articulation of strategic and measurable business benefits.

The Integration Consortium’s motto is “Forging Integration Value.” The mission of the member-driven Integration Consortium is to establish universal seamless integration which engages industry stakeholders from the business & technology community. Among the sectors represented in the Integration Consortium membership are end user corporations, independent software vendors (ISVs), hardware vendors, system integrators, academic institutions, non-profit institutions and individual members, as well as various industry leaders. www.integrationconsortium.org/

The Information Technology & Telecommunications Specific Interest Group, a component of the Project Management Institute, is focused on being recognized as the leader and enabler of a worldwide community of technology professionals, targeting all project managers in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries. http://www.pmi-ittelecom.org/

ITtoolbox supports decision making throughout the IT lifecycle by linking together millions of IT experts and information from thousands of leading sources. Powered by collaborative tools such as discussion groups, blogs, and wiki, the ITtoolbox network provides practical solutions from the IT community for use in the IT workplace.  http://www.ittoolbox.com/

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.

Dr. Stéphane Gagnon, Professor of Operation and Information in the Department of Administrative Sciences (DSA),University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO)

Stephane Gagnon is professor of Operation and Information in the Department of Administrative Sciences (DSA) at the University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO). He was from 2002 to 2006 professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). His research is focused on Semantic Web Services and automated process composition, especially as applied to economic and financial analysis solutions. He is active in IEEE and ACM, among others as workshop co-chair for of the 1st and 2nd Workshop on Business Services Networks (BSN, http://elab.njit.edu/bsnsos4co), and Workshop on Service Oriented Business Process Integration (SOBPI, http://elab.njit.edu/sobpi). He is also active as VP Research and Standards of the Integration Consortium (http://www.integrationconsortium.org/), the leading association of integration technology professionals, where he leads the Integration Body of Knowledge (I-BOK), certification initiatives, and represents the organization in a joint standardization initiative with the OMG and Open Group.

Ernie Ostic, Principal Product Specialist , IBM Information Integration Solutions

As a Principal Product Specialist in IBM's Information Integration group, Ernie Ostic has over 10 years field experience in helping organizations develop real-time data integration solutions.  Ernie joined IBM in 2005 as past of the Ascential Software acquisition where he held various roles in product management and development, technical marketing, technical sales, and consulting.  Ernie is currently involved with benchmarks, XML, real-time integration and Web Services strategies for the IBM WebSphere DataStage" and WebSphere Information Integrator product lines.
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