Recognizing the importance of giving enterprises quality information at the point of use, Dr. Chris Harding sees information interoperability as the next major challenge. He leads the SOA Working Group at The Open Group - an open forum of customers and suppliers of IT products and services. In addition, he is a Director of UDEF Forum, and manages The Open Group’s work on semantic interoperability. At Business Technology Summit 2010, to be held 11-12 November 2010 in Bangalore (www.btsummit.com), Dr. Harding will speak about Using Cloud in Your Enterprise Architecture, Managing Cloud Risks, SOA for Interoperability, and SOA Governance:
* Using Cloud in Your Enterprise Architecture (11 Nov): cloud computing presents enterprises with major opportunities, not only for cost savings but, more importantly, to improve their service delivery, and to enter new markets with innovative service offerings. But it is not possible to do this just by waving a magic wand. How cloud should be used needs careful consideration. Will it replace existing IT, and, if so, how will the enterprise manage the transition? Will it be added to and complement in-house IT and, if so, how should they be integrated? It is the business of enterprise architects to resolve such questions. The Open Group has produced the industry standard framework, TOGAF, which is used by many enterprise architects to guide their decisions. Participants will learn: the architectural considerations involved in using Cloud Computing within the enterprise, and the approaches that can be taken by enterprise architects to use Cloud effectively.
* Managing Cloud Risks (11 Nov): cloud Computing has significant benefits, but can also carry significant risks. Many enterprises, for example, are concerned about risks associated with security, data protection, and cost control. If they are to use cloud computing, they need to understand these risks, and understand how to manage them. This presentation will describe an approach, based on scorecards, to identifying, monitoring, and managing the main risks associated with cloud computing. Attendees will learn: what the main risks are, how to monitor them, and how to mitigate their effects.
* SOA for Interoperability: integrating applications - and now Cloud services - is a major challenge for enterprise architects. Each of these components is designed to deliver a particular set of functionality, and probably does this very well. But different applications and services are designed separately and generally do not inter-operate with each other. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) has become established as an architectural style within which different components can inter-operate so that applications and external services can be integrated within an overall enterprise architecture. This presentation will describe the latest state-of-the-art of SOA, and explain how enterprise architects can use it to achieve interoperability, following best-practice methods developed by The Open Group based on the experience of its members. Participants will learn: how SOA delivers interoperability, a standard reference architecture for SOA, and how to use the Open Group’s standard architecture framework TOGAF to develop a service-oriented enterprise architecture.
* SOA Governance: from the earliest days of SOA, it has been widely recognized that good governance is crucial for successful deployment. It has also been recognized that SOA governance is difficult. In the first place, this was partly just because SOA was new. Secondly, it is also because SOA requires a different way of working to traditional architectural styles, with different roles and responsibilities. Thirdly, and perhaps most significantly, enterprises using SOA learn as they go, and change the way they do things as they learn, which means that their governance must be adaptable and flexible. This presentation will describe the Open Group SOA Governance Framework. This is a standard governance framework developed by The Open Group using the experience of its member companies. It includes a standard SOA governance reference model, and a vitality method by which you can create a flexible and adaptive SOA governance regimen for your enterprise. Participants will learn: the importance of SOA governance, the Open Group SOA Governance Reference Model, and how to develop an enterprise SOA governance regimen using the SOA Governance Vitality Method.
Dr. Harding has a Ph.D in mathematical logic, and is a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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