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Practical Implementations of SOA for Enterprise Architects Plenary theme (Monday)

Want to deliver real business value? Come and hear how to help your organization achieve its business goals through SOA! This conference will address service-oriented architecture (SOA) from a perspective of how enterprise architects can use the service principle to deliver unified business and technical architectures for their organizations. Thought leaders and subject matter experts will offer a pragmatic approach for creating service-oriented enterprise architectures.

The approach to SOA is based on the practical experience of enterprise architects ‘in the trenches,’ and on the concepts and models abstracted from that experience. Like TOGAF™, SOA aspires to provide systemized common-sense. The Open Group sees SOA as a major contributor to realizing its overall vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™. SOA strengthens integration within and between enterprises. It connects the implementation more closely to the design so the decisions of architects can translate more quickly into new system functionality, delivering business agility.

The Open Group's SOA Working Group was formed to develop and foster common understanding of SOA in order to facilitate alignment between the business and information technology communities. There will be a focus on open standards and global interoperability within and between enterprises and how standards work to get business benefit.

“Although there has been much hype surrounding the concept of SOA within the IT industry, many of the problems and disillusionments surrounding SOA have been a direct result of service-orientation not being addressed from an architectural perspective,” said Dr. Chris Harding, forum director, SOA Work Group, The Open Group. “Service principles are not losing ground within the realm of IT as many have reported; rather, they are becoming increasingly important as enterprise architecture evolves to address industry ecosystems and the advent of cloud computing. Despite much being written to address the design and programming aspects of SOA, The Open Group is currently one of the few organizations that addresses the architectural aspects of configuring an enterprise’s business and technical systems to generate direct business value.”



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