Service Oriented Architecture: What's the Big Idea?

Advanced Programming Specialist Group event

Date/Time:
Thursday 8th February 2007, 6.00pm

Venue:
The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2 7HA. Nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Introduction:
Geoff Sharman, Visiting Professor, Birkbeck College, London

Speaker:
Steve Wood, IBM Hursley and Ian J Mitchell, IBM Hursley

Summary:
The past few years have seen the publication of an increasing volume of articles and books about Service Oriented Architecture, accompanied by technical standards and a growing number of commercial products.

Why this sudden interest? Is SOA the latest fad, or is there an important new idea behind this acronym? What capabilities do the products offer and how might they change the way in which IT is deployed in a typical enterprise? And why have an increasing number of managers reached the conclusion that the hard part of SOA is not the technology but the organisational changes needed to make it work?

Admission:
Free, but to gain admission please e-mail your name to our Vice-Chairman, Dr Frank Martin, at - frank.martin@bcs.org.

CPD Value:
Half Unit