Wednesday, 30 April Agenda

*subject to change



Services Thinking - Enabling Business Agility with SOA
Doug Shoupp, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Businesses face mounting challenges such as the need to increase efficiency, accelerate speed to market, improve return on investment, and many others. The pressure to compete and deliver results now, coupled with rapidly changing market dynamics, has driven business leaders to search for new answers. But by the time solutions are implemented, the landscape has often changed. That’s why competing effectively requires solutions that create value while enabling a sustained ability to change — Business Agility.

While SOA technology can address some of these challenges, what’s required is a new way to pull all of an organization’s assets together in a dynamic and fluid way. This demands some new thinking. Aligning SOA efforts with business goals is the key to driving business value into the organization and capturing the promise of SOA. Moving SOA standards and Services to a higher level – to the business process - is key to linking SOA technical efforts with business value. However it’s not enough – you have to think beyond today’s static processes for linkages and look for dynamic composability and the agility to re-compose as needed to react to the market. That’s new thinking, That’s Services Thinking.

Please Join, Doug Shoupp, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP as he examines unlocking the enormous potential of SOA by raising the discussion from the IT shop to the executive suite with a focus on long term business agility and execution within organizations.


XForms: The Perfect Front-End to Your Composite Application
Doug Tidwell, Senior Software Engineer, IBM

SCA, SDO and BPEL are great integration technologies, but any composite application requires a human interface. This session will use XForms documents to build those interfaces. An XForms document is built around an XML data model, making it a perfect technology for editing the XML structures that underlie composite applications. We'll look at a sample application built on SCA, SDO and BPEL, demonstrating several XForms interfaces along the way.


Using Mapping Relations to Semi Automatically Compose Web Services
Marwan Sabbouh, Principal Engineer, The Mitre Corporation

The composition of Web services is achieved by creating a third Web service and its Web Service Description Language (WSDL) file. This Web service invokes the source legacy Web service to retrieve data, mediates to resolve any mismatches the data has with the destination web service, typically through invocation of common services, and then passes the converted data to this destination Web service. This presentation demonstrates the use of mapping relations to enable the composition of Web services. We will also discuss how mapping relations enable the automatic generation of XSL and abstract coding complexities.

10:30 Break

The KISS Principle Applied to Service Oriented Architectures Using SCA
Eric Johnson, Principal Architect, TIBCO Software Inc.

How can we possibly apply the “keep it simple, stupid!” principle to large scale enterprise service oriented architectures? Even more important, how can using yet another set of large specifications like SCA make the problem easier? The SCA specifications create lots of opportunities for organizing, modeling, and extending services within your enterprise, and in particular can help isolate the architects and developers from concerns about service location, execution platform, and scalability. Unfortunately, those opportunities also come with lots of new risks and complexities. This talk focuses on techniques to apply so that you can take advantage of the opportunities presented by SCA while avoiding some of the potential costs. This presentation will answer: How using SCA will help you focus on what your services do, rather than where and how they're implemented and How to prevent the complexity of the SCA specifications from making your life more complicated.


Composite Applications: Can We Learn from Web Service Composition?
Ian Jones, Web Services, B2B & SOA International Standards Manager, British Telecommunications plc

Using the creation of the ebXML Messaging service Version 3.0 specification, the speaker will explain the lesson learned and limitations imposed by combining a number of existing Web services standards to provide a specific business function. The speaker will also explain that they may provide useful questions to ask and answers for composite application development.


Recent Advances in Geospatial Service Chaining
Raj Singh, Director Interoperability Program, Open Geospatial Consortium

This presentation will discuss the results of an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Interoperability Testbed for chaining multiple geospatial Web services. OGC testbeds are rapid prototyping exercises involving software developers from multiple companies working together to develop software that interoperates at the Web API level. In this testbed the participants created geospatial workflows to perform conflation of geospatial vector data and also to geo-reference multi-band satellite imagery.

12:30 Luncheon

Architectural Alternatives for SOA Composition and their Implications for Security
Hal Lockhart, Principal Engineering Technologist, BEA Systems

This presentation will discuss various architectural alternatives available for composition of SOA systems and the implications for security identity management and trust brokering. SOA-based systems and Web services technology in particular enables a wide variety of architectures and configurations. While the choices made in a particular deployment will depend on application and infrastructure requirements, some of the choices made have deep implications for information security.


Service Aggregations in Emergency Management: Registry-Repositories in a SOA Ecosystem
Rex Brooks, President & CEO, Starbourne Communications Design

This presentation shows how federated SOA Registry-Repositories (SOA-RRs) facilitate aggregating services in Emergency Management. This presentation features services coordinated through federated SOA-RRs implemented across organizational boundaries. This presentation shows how standards from the OASIS Emergency Management Technical Committee can be used in aggregated services at need to provide improved rapid emergency response as well as improved overall response to emergency incidents. The SOA ecosystem supported by the SOA-RRs provides an example of parts of the OASIS SOA Reference Architecture from the OASIS SOA Reference Model Technical Committee.


Repurpose Compose Profit - SOA Next Generation Infrastcture
William Cox, Principal, Cox Software Architects LLC

The value of SOA in the enterprise has improved in the past year as business needs such as rapid deployment of new processes and products have driven adoption. SOA is not a product, but an approach to solutions, and a group of recent products have made solving problems with SOA more profitable. This presentation will look at business value driving SOA deployments, the standards that help build useful composite applications, and the future of SOA in building business value.

3:30 Break

Closing Panel: SOA within the Vertical Industries
Moderator: Claus von Riegen, Director of Technology Standards, SAP AG

  • David Staggs, Chief Health Informatics Office, Emerging Health Technologies, U.S. Veterans Health Administration
  • John Turato, Chairman, OpenTravel Board of Directors and Vice President of Technology, Avis Budget Group
  • John Wilmes, Chief Technical Architect, Progress Software and TM Forum Representative
  • Bill Nichols, Program Director, Securities Processing Automation, FISD/SIIA
5:00 Mini-Break
OASIS Annual General Member Meeting
Symposium Reception, sponsored by SAP AG