SOA for Business

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This webinar is the second in the series SOA in the Digital Age. It looks at how Service Oriented Architecture enables enterprises to achieve business objectives.

The event took place on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. View the recording!

The first webinar in the series - Developments in SOA - discussed how SOA met the challenge of integration between multiple independent applications and technologies with proprietarily interfaces. From the beginning, it has given enterprises agility so that they can easily work with new business partners.

But, even in the early days of SOA, more was expected. SOA enthusiasts believed that the principle of service orientation would transform businesses, and that its application to information technology would give business executives more direct control of the creation of IT solutions. Enterprises would then have a different form of agility: the ability to implement new business ideas easily and quickly.

This expectation was not at first realised. SOA often remained within the IT department, and became known as a style of IT architecture rather than a business transformation tool. But the desire of business people to control IT solution development more directly has increased since those days, and a new kind of person has emerged within the modern enterprise: the business technologist, who works in a business department and understands the business, but also has the technical expertise to create IT solutions to support it.

The time has come to revisit SOA, and see whether its early expectations can now be fulfilled. That is the topic for this webinar.

The topic is discussed by a panel of experts in SOA technology and business use from the Open Group's SOA Work Group: Ali Arsanjani of IBM, Martin Neuhard of HP, Gerard Peters of Capgemini, Sundar Ramanathan of Ernst and Young, and Shahriar Zand-Biglari of American Express. The discussion is moderated by SOA Forum Director Chris Harding.

Dr. Ali Arsanjani is a Distinguished Engineer and CTO Smarter Process, ECM, SOA and Emerging Technologies with IBM. He specializes in analytics and enterprise content management, and is a leader of the Smarter Process Method Community and the SOA Community within IBM. He is an IBM Master Inventor, chair of the Wireless, Pervasive and Digital Media IDT, and is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Ali has been a leader of SOA methodology since the early days. He was instrumental in the development in IBM of the work that became the basis of the Open Group SOA Reference Architecture and the Open Group Services Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM). The OSIMM is now an International Standard, and the reference architecture has been a major influence on the international standard reference model being developed by ISO. As evidenced by his current role, he continues to work at the leading edge of SOA evolution.
Martin Neuhard is an SOA and Application Integration Architect in HP Enterprise Services Applications Business Services (ABS). He is a Co-Chair for the Open Group SOA4BT project and contributes to the SOA Working group. Within HP Martin is the chair of the Global Technical councils for the Integration and Middleware and Presentation Suites on the HP EDGE Platform which documents standards for ABS delivery. Martin also teaches Web Application Development at Binghamton University.
Gerard Peters is a Managing Consultant with Capgemini, The Netherlands. After studying Business Econometrics (Operations Research) at Tilburg University, Gerard joined a Dutch predecessor of Capgemini. He developed into a thought leader in Capital Markets and published articles and reports on several specialized subjects (e.g. Algo trading, Asset Management). He was co-writer of the BIAN-TOGAF white paper and is currently involved in the SOA4BT working group at The Open Group.
Sundararajan Ramanathan is Manager - IT Advisory with Ernst and Young. Sundar is a B.E (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India) and M.B.A (Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA). His past roles and experience include Enterprise Architect and Integration Architect roles at major Automotive OEM's, and Senior Database product development at Informix, Menlo Park, CA. He is a co-chair of the SOA for Business Technology project at The Open Group, and has contributed to the Legacy Evolution to SOA project at The Open Group, and to the NIST Cloud Computing Forum. He has TOGAF® 9 and Capgemini IAF certifications.
Shahriar Zand-Biglari, aka Shar Zand, is a Lead Technical Architect in Chief Technology Office of American Express Technology (AET). He is an Enterprise Architecture practitioner who has led the development of several enterprise frameworks at AET, including Integrated Platform Architecture (IPA, presented in 2010 Boston Conference), Business-Aligned IT Strategy (BAITS), Solution Architecture Framework (SAF) and Continuous Delivery Integration (CDI). Prior to joining American Express, Shar held titles of Staff Programmer, Infrastructure Architect and Senior Architect at several companies, including IBM, Perot Systems and Dell. He has been the American Express representative to The Open Group for several years, and participated in the Architecture Forum, Platform 3.0 Forum and SOA Workgroup efforts.
Dr Chris Harding is the Director for Interoperability at The Open Group. His role includes supporting the work of Open Group members on SOA and on Open Platform 3.0™, and he has been Forum Director of the SOA Work Group since its inception in 2005. He contributes to on-line journals, speaks at events, and is a frequent webinar panelist and moderator, within and outside The Open Group.