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Opening

Welcome by John Geraghty - first two slides. Slides.

Opening Remarks by Brand Niemann - rest of slides. Slides.

Government Keynote

Ajay Budhraja - everything seems to be getting faster and better. Cloud computing requires good SOA architecture. 25-point plan requires: Cloud First, Shared Services, and Best Practices Collaboration Platform (good working groups like this one!)

Needs to use agile methods and lean six sigma.

Program Success for SOA and Cloud: Planning, Design and Implementation, and Monitoring.

Worked on UN SOA - Global Services that were leveraged.

Need Cloud SLA's: Service - Level Agreements specific to cloud computing. My example: Right Scale

AJ's Migration Mantras: Start with pilots - small applications or test environments.

Questions and Answers: Cloud Security and Roadmap (NIST) - see GovCloud Book Launched at The National Press Club: Wiki and Blog

Opposites Attract

Denzil Washington - Opposites Attract: SOA, Model-Driven Architectures and Agile. Slides

The 25-Point Plan- Long on What - Short on How - Bigger Payback

See Service Orientation as a pre-requisite for Cloud

Iterative Process -Evolutionary + Multipliers

Agile Methods and Outcomes: Agile (see below), Scrum (adaptive - may not work so change it), and Benefits (25-point plan)

Agile Software Solution (often leave of last word) - not just a pilot but a working solution.

SOA: An architectural pattern that promotes a collaboratve modular architecture that leverages re-usable services.

Knowledge Discovery and Patterns: "Clone and Own"

Opposites Attract: Architectural Modeling (Pros and Cons) and Agile (Pros and Cons) - combine the most beneficial and appropriate aspects of each approach

How do you scale Agile? - small teams

Integration is the biggest problem - The Power of Synergy and Repeatable Patterns

Application Modernization Strategy: Look at the entire portfolio

See slides for two case studies. Slides

Questions and Answers: Development Cycle Scope? Year-long with several cycles - about 30 people. See his additional slides.

15 Minute Break

SMART

Analyzing the Reuse Potential of Legacy Systems in Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Environments– Marc Novakouski; SEI, Carnegie-Mellon University. Slides

The SMART Family of Processes - Establish Context, Gather Information, and Report

What is the ideal pilot project that can help us get experience with SMART?

SMIG - Interview Guide to identify previous problems.

Case Study: Establish Migration Content (for DoD group)

At the end - Describe Target SOA Environment: Are the services good candidates?

Excellent Summary Slides with Contact Information.

Questions and Answers: None.

Overview of Exhibitors - SOA Tools and Frameworks

11:30 – 11:35 AM Software AG – Manmohan Gupta
11:35 – 11:40 AM IBM– Thomas Hall
11:40 – 11:45 AM Progress Software – Michelle Davis
11:45 – 11:50 AM Dovel Technologies – Fatemeh Corlett
11:55 – 12:00 PM Everware- CBDI – Steve Olding
12:00 – 12:05 PM EA Principals – Steve Else (Li-Yong Yu, Synetics) presenting)
12:05 – 12:10 PM Bay State - Myriam Harvey
12:10 – 12:15 PM ZapThink – Ron Schmelzer 
12:15 – 12:20 PM GovCloud Kevin Jackson
 
12:20 – 12:45 PM    Lunch

12:20 – 1:30 PM      Networking and Exhibitor Showcase 

Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) Pilot

Kevin JacksonDirector of Cloud Computing Services, NJVC; NCOIC Pilot Co-Chair (BlogSlides

NCOIC Background: http://www.ncoic.org - A Global Ecosystem: FAA, DoD, Australian Government, etc. from mission-centric perspective (miltary and non-military)

Net-Centric Patterns: Best Practices for Implementing in Various Areas

Cloud Computing WG: Charter - Collaboration and Engagement with Other Cloud Groups to look at standards-based solutions.

Is cloud computing real? Yes, it provides real value - see Federal CIO Vivek Kundra.

How do you implement it? NIST and European Organizations working that out. Last week's NIST Workshop III. See their Wiki.

NCOIC Interoperability Labs: Best practice for integrating dis-similar organizations - modeling and simulation facility, Interoperability Matirx: Communications, Visualization/Presentation, Middleware, and Applications Hosted in Environment. Looks like Global IaaS.

Phase 1 in Rome, Phase 2 in Brusels, then idea to put a cloud in place, did it with SOA! Wrote report and produced some videos. See http://www.ncoic.org. Reduced costs and time, and risk of failure. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency thought it was great! They have a global mission (e.g. Haiti, Japan, and Katrina disasters). Everyone has the same map. Use it for first responder needs (humanitarian assistance and diaster response). NGA asked NCOIC for a proposal. A Win-Win-Win (NGA-NCOIC-World).

NCOIC Request for Member Participation: Consolidated individual responses (16) into a proposal - quite an accomplishment! Asked Open  Geospatial Consortium to help with architecture and a node for each.

GITT: Geospatial Information Technology Team-current status (1) submitted proposal, (2) accepted, (3) funding available, (4) contracting vehicle in process, GITT Task Team 1 (Core Node) formed - task proposal under development. Held up by Continuing Resolution.

Questions and Answers: Excellent dialogue about CLEXO Team (see slide 10), etc. with the audience.

Government KeynoteSPEAR

Semper Paratus: Enterprise  Architecture Realization - Captain Mike RyanCommanding Officer, Operations System Center (OSC), US Coast Guard, and 2011 Fed 100 Winner Slides

Special Introducer: Gordon Thomas (served with Captain Ryan).

SOA Center of Excellence for USCG: Uses Cloud Computing (Private Cloud). One of the largest nodes in the network.

Great Mission Statement: SOA for the US Coast Guard means: Doctrine, event-driven, loosely coupled, etc...

A success story because of buy-in without mandates and coercion. (Reminds me of doing the right thing the right way)

SPEAR Status: 79 permanent services, enterprise licenses, etc.

SPEAR Principals: Doctrine, Messages, Documents (the interface!), Content Routing, and Human Meaningful. "Really could just turn-off all the computers and talk about what people need and how to go about it."

SPEAR: URIs - well-defined!

Anytime technology leads your bureacracy - that's a success!

Keys to Success: Great list of summary points.

Questions and Answers: Surveyed the vendors? Yes, very methodically. How advertise services? Make effort to publized our services. How was alignment achieved? Had a captive audience - all hosted at our facility! What use for services registries? Started as a spreadsheet, then web-services.

3:00 – 3:15 PM        Break

Afternoon Panel Discussion – SOA and Cloud Synergies with the 25 Point Plan

Andrew Ide-Facilitator; Kevin Jackson, Director of Cloud Computing Services, NJVC;  Steve Else (Li-Yong Yu, Synectics), PhD, CEO, Chief Architect at EA Principals, Inc., CEO, The Center for Public-Private Enterprise; Captain Mike RyanUS Coast Guard, and Denzil Wasson, Everware-CBDI

Brief Introductions. Question 1: Why are SOA and the Cloud being done (two strategies working together)? Answer: Kevin Jackson - Vivek Kundra talked about "digital oil" - we are very inefficient in our use of IT - SOA/cloud will make us more efficient and cost effective! Li-Yong Yu: Economies of scale will happen because of the use of SOA/Cloud. Captain Ryan: Yes, if we can we bring the other Coast Guard assets into our activity to realize even more benefits. Denzil Wasson: Ask if can I start this with the cloud (Cloud First) and afterwards lets look at Shared Services.

Followup Question: How to get others to adopt your cloud service? Kevin Jackson: Cloud is not for  Captain Ryan: everything - it is a busines strategy -  not about technology - leveraging the same technology within a new business model. Li-Yong Yu: Get people to be willing to change.

Another Question: How to work with others? Captain Ryan: Others hear about your capability and want to work with you. Denzil Wason: Once Coast Guard received favorable notice for excellent performance others get energized to participate.

I stopped bloging and just listened

Wiki BlogBrand Niemann

Thanks to The MITRE Team led by Gabe and Rose, to our Federal SOA CoP Team, Dave Mayo and Steve Else, to those working behind the scenes, you for your attendance, the vendors, and especially the presentors.

We hope to see you in about six months - watch this space and your email. Give us your feedback forms and personal comments.

From our opening slides and my Blog:

 
GSA Acquisition Commissioner Kempf: "Through the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative, we are changing the way government thinks about IT, shifting from a mindset of asset ownership to one of service provisioning." See recent Congressional Testimony, March 17, 2011.
 
AJ's Migration Mantras: Start with pilots - small applications or test environments.
 
Denzil: See Service Orientation as a pre-requisite for Cloud

Marc: The SMART Family of Processes - Establish Context, Gather Information, and Report

Exhibitor Showcase: Michelle Davis- did early pilot for us with IONA (Federal SOA Jump Start Kit on CD-ROM) that got a contract with the FAA, that was acquired by Progress Software! Thank you for persevering!

Kevin Jackson: NCOIC Interoperability Labs: Best practice for integrating dis-similar organizations - modeling and simulation facility, Interoperability Matirx: Communications, Visualization/Presentation, Middleware, and Applications Hosted in Environment. Looks like Global IaaS. Follow Kevin's Forbes Blog: GovCloud

Captain Ryan: Great Mission Statement: SOA for the US Coast Guard means: Doctrine, event-driven, loosely coupled, etc...

A success story because of buy-in without mandates and coersion. (Reminds me of doing the right thing the right way)

SPEAR Principals: Doctrine, Messages, Documents (the interface!), Content Routing, and Human Meaningful. "Really could just turn-off all the computers and talk about what people need and how to go about it."

I see why he is a  2011 Fed 100 Winner!

A grand challenge is SOA in the Cloud with Semantic Interoperability! (See Special Recognitions at the very bottom: Arun Majumdar)

You heard the panel. Formal Q&As became a real conversation. It doesn't get any better than that. See you in six months if not sooner!

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