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Architecting Your Service Oriented Enterprise

Service Orientation is now established as the leading style of Enterprise Architecture, delivering multiple benefits across the enterprise. However, Service Orientation can require significant up-front investment, and given that there are many ways to implement a service-oriented architecture (SOA), how can you be sure that that you are investing in the right one for your enterprise?

The Open Group’s conference in Austin, Texas, will help you to answer this question.

Architecting Your Service-Oriented Enterprise

SOA started as a technology-led phenomenon. Early implementers found that it can deliver improved information flow and enterprise agility. Others have learned from their example, and the initial trickle of SOA implementation has become a flood.

But SOA can mean many different things. For some, it is just the use of the service principle to define loosely-coupled software modules. For others, it implies an expensive infrastructure including a service registry, and enterprise service bus, a set of development tools, and so on. Are all these necessary? The consensus among SOA experts is that this depends on the needs of the enterprise in question. Different levels of SOA are right for different business organizations. Understanding this is the key to making the SOA investment that will give the best return.

Once you know what kind of SOA you need, there is a growing body of experience and expertise that can help you realise it. This is captured in architectural models and guidance that the professional enterprise architect can use in conjunction with an architecture development method such as that of The Open Group Architectural Framework, TOGAF.

SOA may initially have been technology led, but its principles are now being recognized in the domain of business architecture. “Service” is, after all, originally a business concept. The Enterprise Architect can apply the principles of service-orientation throughout the organization. We are truly in the realm of the Service-Oriented Enterprise.

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Austin, Texas


The conference plenary sessions will focus upon the critical criteria for SOA implementation and development. It will:

  • State the business principle for Service-orientation
  • Detail the business benefits through case-studies of SOA implementation
  • Enable the assessment of what SOA you will need for your business
  • Outline methods and frameworks for the effective implementation of SOA

It will help CIOs, enterprise architects and strategists, senior managers, analysts, and industry experts to understand how to deploy SOA to meet the particular business needs of individual enterprises.

Parallel Tracks

These will feature:

  • Expanded presentations on SOA
  • TOGAF™: You've Downloaded TOGAF...Now What?
  • Enterprise Architecture Development
  • Architecture Management
  • Enterprise Architecture Governance
  • Architecture Certification and Professional Development
  • Architecting Business Transformation
    Architecture Tools
  • Semantic Interoperability
  • Architecting to the Edge™
  • Dependability through Assuredness™: Traceability and Trustworthiness

The Open Group’s Architecture Practitioners Conference series provides valuable insight into best practices, standards, tools and technologies for enterprise architecture; and serves as a venue for practicing enterprise architects to come together and share their experiences. It also provides an opportunity to meet the members of The Open Group who are addressing other critical areas in information technology to support business development.


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