The solution showcase pits SOA/integration vendors against each other to solve a live integration problem in a fixed time frame. Getting to “the answer” is only part of the criteria. Each participant must also share “the how” and then “sell their solution” to the conference participants, and the review panel.
Here’s the Problem Description taken from the GIS site:
The purpose of the Showcase this year will focus on the challenge of integrating standards-based web services and using orchestration to provide business flexibility. We will be solving a problem for Anybank who is in the business of underwriting home mortgages. Our challenge will include:
- Parsing and interpreting standards based Web Services
- Discovering and utilizing a vendor’s Web Service
- Choreographing Web Services to enable rapid business change
The challenge will be to create an orchestrated application that implements a part of the business process of processing a mortgage application. You should be able to automate the following process steps.:
2. Receive a mortgage application via a Web service.
3. Interface with an external agency to verify data on the application via a Web service.
4. Run an internal Web service to determine a proposed interest rate.
5. Update the Mortgage via a Web service.
7. The real challenge begins after demonstrating your basic composite application when you will demonstrate how you would change the application to modify step 4 to call the original or a new Web service (with similar content but different data representation) based upon data values verified in Step 3.
In addition to the Showcase, I intend to take-in some conference sessions on Monday afternoon and Wednesday. Topping my list is Annie Shum’s Wednesday afternoon session Leveraging city planning and other social metaphors to guide SOA – Why Meta Matters.
If you are attending the GIS and want to connect, comment here or send me an email: bda at elementallinks dot com.
If you are a vendor participating in the Solution Showcase, I’ll be happy to meet with you on Wednesday – after the votes are in!
I intend to blog from the GIS, and will definitely be writing about it for the PSG Service.