On Wednesday, November 5, 2008, I’m giving a talk at the Babson College CIMS program on The real state of business-driven SOA adoption & sustainment (pdf). As you can see from the program announcement excerpt, I’ll be wearing my SOA Consortium hat:
“Over the last two years, through member and public programs, the SOA Consortium has amassed a collection of case studies, anecdotes, best practices and tips related to adopting SOA for business value. In this session, Brenda M. Michelson, Program Director for the SOA Consortium, will tap into the diverse collection of real-world stories to share insights on SOA adoption, drivers, ROI, organizational implications, sustainment lessons, challenges, and related technology trends. Following her presentation, Michelson will facilitate a panel discussion including several local companies describing their SOA environments.”
This is a new talk, the bulk of the material from the SOA Consortium collection, with an Elemental Links slide or two mixed in. In developing the slide deck, I’ve been ‘drawing’ some of the discussions from our community of practice. One of those illustrations maps business and IT activities (strategy — architecture — operations — planning — initiative execution) to SOA drivers. The point being, the need for SOA can arise at any point, not just at the top (strategy) or from the bottom (operations).
Below is a sneak peak at the drawing. Please note, it might change 12 times before Wednesday, and another 16 before final publication.
If you are a member of Babson’s CIMS program, I hope to meet you on Wednesday. If you aren’t, but are in the Boston area, drop me a line, I have a couple of guest passes for practitioners.