Table of contents
  1. Announcement
  2. Invitation
  3. Theme
  4. Registrants and Exhibitors
  5. Logistics
  6. Media Coverage
  7. Agenda
  8. Speaker Biographies
    1. Gabe Galvan
    2. Ajay Budhraja
    3. Patrick Place
    4. Anne Drissel
    5. Rose Marie Davis
    6. Paul Medina
    7. Amy Wohl
    8. Andrew J. Ide
    9. Dave Mayo
    10. Mel Greer
    11. Brand Niemann
  9. Blog by Brand Niemann
    1. Comment 1 from Reader
    2. Comment 2 from Reader
    3. Discussion That Prompted Me To Invite Eric Little and Kate Goodier to Present at Our Fall Conference
    4. Conference Blog
      1. 8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome & Introduction – Gabe Galvan, Enterprise Modernization & Transformation Practices, MITRE Slides
      2. 8:45 – 9:45 AM Keynote: SOA and Cloud Trends in the Federal Government - Ajay Budhraja, ChiefTechnology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Justice. See GCN: Integrated services? The cloud alone isn't enough. Slides
      3. 9:45 – 10:30 AM Service Orientation and Governance – Patrick Place, Carnegie-Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute Slides
      4. 10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
      5. 10:45 – 11:30 AM Case Study: Strategy for Maturing Business Architecture and Services at US-VISIT - Rose Marie Davis, Business Planning Section Chief, Anne Drissel, Business Architect and Paul Medina, Senior Business Analyst; Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate Slides
      6. 11:30 – 12:20 PM Exhibitor Overviews (SOA Tools, Frameworks & Education)
        1. 11:30 – 11:40 AM Software AG Slides
        2. 11:40 – 11:50 AM IBM Slides
        3. 11:50 – 12:00 PM Everware-CBDI Slides
        4. 12:00 – 12:10 AM Bay State Slides
        5. 12:10 – 12:20 PM Semantic Community Slides
        6. 12:20 – 12:30 PM Dovel Technologies Slides
      7. 12:20 – 1:30 PM Lunch, Networking and Exhibitor Showcase
      8. 1:30 - 2:15 PM Afternoon Keynote:  SOA, the Cloud, and the Need for Governance - Amy Wohl; President, Wohl Associates Slides
      9. 2:15 – 3:15 PM Panel Discussion:  Approaches for Increasing SOA and Cloud Maturity
      10. 3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
      11. 3:30 – 4:15 PM SOA Pilot:  Cross Information Sharing and Integration for the Intelligence Community - Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow & Chief Strategist Cloud Computing Lockheed Martin and Cloud Standards Customer Council, Steering Committee Chair; Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Enterprise Architect – Data Scientist, Semantic Community

13th SOA for E-Government Conference April 3 2012

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Table of contents
  1. Announcement
  2. Invitation
  3. Theme
  4. Registrants and Exhibitors
  5. Logistics
  6. Media Coverage
  7. Agenda
  8. Speaker Biographies
    1. Gabe Galvan
    2. Ajay Budhraja
    3. Patrick Place
    4. Anne Drissel
    5. Rose Marie Davis
    6. Paul Medina
    7. Amy Wohl
    8. Andrew J. Ide
    9. Dave Mayo
    10. Mel Greer
    11. Brand Niemann
  9. Blog by Brand Niemann
    1. Comment 1 from Reader
    2. Comment 2 from Reader
    3. Discussion That Prompted Me To Invite Eric Little and Kate Goodier to Present at Our Fall Conference
    4. Conference Blog
      1. 8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome & Introduction – Gabe Galvan, Enterprise Modernization & Transformation Practices, MITRE Slides
      2. 8:45 – 9:45 AM Keynote: SOA and Cloud Trends in the Federal Government - Ajay Budhraja, ChiefTechnology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Justice. See GCN: Integrated services? The cloud alone isn't enough. Slides
      3. 9:45 – 10:30 AM Service Orientation and Governance – Patrick Place, Carnegie-Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute Slides
      4. 10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
      5. 10:45 – 11:30 AM Case Study: Strategy for Maturing Business Architecture and Services at US-VISIT - Rose Marie Davis, Business Planning Section Chief, Anne Drissel, Business Architect and Paul Medina, Senior Business Analyst; Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate Slides
      6. 11:30 – 12:20 PM Exhibitor Overviews (SOA Tools, Frameworks & Education)
        1. 11:30 – 11:40 AM Software AG Slides
        2. 11:40 – 11:50 AM IBM Slides
        3. 11:50 – 12:00 PM Everware-CBDI Slides
        4. 12:00 – 12:10 AM Bay State Slides
        5. 12:10 – 12:20 PM Semantic Community Slides
        6. 12:20 – 12:30 PM Dovel Technologies Slides
      7. 12:20 – 1:30 PM Lunch, Networking and Exhibitor Showcase
      8. 1:30 - 2:15 PM Afternoon Keynote:  SOA, the Cloud, and the Need for Governance - Amy Wohl; President, Wohl Associates Slides
      9. 2:15 – 3:15 PM Panel Discussion:  Approaches for Increasing SOA and Cloud Maturity
      10. 3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
      11. 3:30 – 4:15 PM SOA Pilot:  Cross Information Sharing and Integration for the Intelligence Community - Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow & Chief Strategist Cloud Computing Lockheed Martin and Cloud Standards Customer Council, Steering Committee Chair; Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Enterprise Architect – Data Scientist, Semantic Community

  1. Announcement
  2. Invitation
  3. Theme
  4. Registrants and Exhibitors
  5. Logistics
  6. Media Coverage
  7. Agenda
  8. Speaker Biographies
    1. Gabe Galvan
    2. Ajay Budhraja
    3. Patrick Place
    4. Anne Drissel
    5. Rose Marie Davis
    6. Paul Medina
    7. Amy Wohl
    8. Andrew J. Ide
    9. Dave Mayo
    10. Mel Greer
    11. Brand Niemann
  9. Blog by Brand Niemann
    1. Comment 1 from Reader
    2. Comment 2 from Reader
    3. Discussion That Prompted Me To Invite Eric Little and Kate Goodier to Present at Our Fall Conference
    4. Conference Blog
      1. 8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome & Introduction – Gabe Galvan, Enterprise Modernization & Transformation Practices, MITRE Slides
      2. 8:45 – 9:45 AM Keynote: SOA and Cloud Trends in the Federal Government - Ajay Budhraja, ChiefTechnology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Justice. See GCN: Integrated services? The cloud alone isn't enough. Slides
      3. 9:45 – 10:30 AM Service Orientation and Governance – Patrick Place, Carnegie-Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute Slides
      4. 10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
      5. 10:45 – 11:30 AM Case Study: Strategy for Maturing Business Architecture and Services at US-VISIT - Rose Marie Davis, Business Planning Section Chief, Anne Drissel, Business Architect and Paul Medina, Senior Business Analyst; Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate Slides
      6. 11:30 – 12:20 PM Exhibitor Overviews (SOA Tools, Frameworks & Education)
        1. 11:30 – 11:40 AM Software AG Slides
        2. 11:40 – 11:50 AM IBM Slides
        3. 11:50 – 12:00 PM Everware-CBDI Slides
        4. 12:00 – 12:10 AM Bay State Slides
        5. 12:10 – 12:20 PM Semantic Community Slides
        6. 12:20 – 12:30 PM Dovel Technologies Slides
      7. 12:20 – 1:30 PM Lunch, Networking and Exhibitor Showcase
      8. 1:30 - 2:15 PM Afternoon Keynote:  SOA, the Cloud, and the Need for Governance - Amy Wohl; President, Wohl Associates Slides
      9. 2:15 – 3:15 PM Panel Discussion:  Approaches for Increasing SOA and Cloud Maturity
      10. 3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
      11. 3:30 – 4:15 PM SOA Pilot:  Cross Information Sharing and Integration for the Intelligence Community - Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow & Chief Strategist Cloud Computing Lockheed Martin and Cloud Standards Customer Council, Steering Committee Chair; Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Enterprise Architect – Data Scientist, Semantic Community

Announcement


Service-Oriented Architecture for E-Government Conference

 

Keynote speakers

Ajay Budhraja

Ajay Budhraja
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
U.S. Department of Justice, IR

Ajay Budhraja has over 23 years in Information Technology with experience in areas such as Executive leadership, management, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, system architecture, software engineering, training, methodologies, networks, databases, etc.

Ajay has provided Senior Executive leadership for nationwide and global programs and has implemented integrated Enterprise Information Technology solutions. He has a Masters in Engineering (Computer Science), Masters in Management and Bachelors in Engineering. He is a Project Management Professional certified by the PMI and is also CICM, CSM, ECM (AIIM) Master, SOA, RUP, SEI-CMMI, ITIL-F, Security + certified. Ajay is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), US Department of Justice component led large scale projects for big organizations and has extensive IT experience related to telecom, business, manufacturing, airlines, finance and government. He has delivered internet based technology solutions and strategies for e-business platforms, portals, mobile e-business, collaboration and content management. He has worked extensively in the areas of application development, infrastructure development, networks, security and has contributed significantly in the areas of Enterprise and Business Transformation, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Technology innovation, Performance management, Agile management and development, Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud. He is the Co-Chair for the Federal SOA COP and has served as President DOL-APAC, AEA-DC, Co-Chair Executive Forum Federal Executive Institute SES Program. As Adjunct Faculty, he has taught courses for several universities. He has received many awards, authored articles and presented papers at worldwide conferences.

Amy Wohl

Amy Wohl
President, Wohl Associates

Amy D. Wohl is an analyst and consultant. She has been observing, consulting to, and writing about new technology for more than 35 years.

Wohl has worked for hundreds of vendors, large and small, especially in the area of new business concepts and business software. She is the president of Wohl Associates, a founder of TMT Strategies. She blogs at both Amy Wohl's Opinions and TMT Strategies.

Wohl currently focuses on cloud computing, which she has been covering since 1998. She also covers enterprise software and strategies. She continues to work with clients on new and emerging technologies, building models for new markets.

Invitation

 
An invitation to the 13th Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) e-Government Conference 
April 3, 2012
MITRE’s McLean, Virginia campus
 
You are invited to attend the upcoming MITRE eGovernment SOA Conference, “SOA and Cloud:  Reconciling Governance and Agility”, on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
 
Why Attend?
 
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) offers the flexibility and agility to create and reuse resources across departmental silos. To realize these benefits, however, requires governance of both business and technology processes, artifacts and interactions.  Presenters and panelists will examine the benefits of governance frameworks and approaches Federal agencies are pursuing to increase the maturity and efficiency of their SOA and Cloud initiatives. 
 
Learn how service-oriented and Cloud approaches are being applied to lower costs and increase agility of Information Technology (IT)  across the Federal Government. Both business and technical perspectives will be shared. You’ll gain practical insights from SOA and Cloud experts and real case studies in the Federal Government.
 
 
Space is limited to the first 200 registrants and seats are filling up!
 
The conference agenda and additional information can be found at: http://semanticommunity.info/Federal_SOA

Theme

SOA and Cloud:  Reconciling Governance and Agility 
 
MITRE and the Federal Government SOA Community of Practice will conduct its 12th SOA conference at MITRE’s McLean campus on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The theme of the event is “SOA and Cloud:  Reconciling Governance and Agility”. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) offers the flexibility and agility to create and reuse resources across departmental silos. To realize these benefits, however, requires governance of both business and technology processes and interactions.  This conference will focus on the linkage between Enterprise Architecture, governance and SOA maturity. We will examine the benefits of governance frameworks and approaches Federal agencies are pursuing to increase the maturity and efficiency of their SOA initiatives.
 
Learn how service-oriented and Cloud approaches are being applied to lower costs and increase agility of Information Technology (IT) across the Federal Government. Both business and technical perspectives will be shared. You'll gain practical insights from SOA and Cloud experts and real case studies in the Federal Government.

Registrants and Exhibitors

This event is free and open to government personnel and contractors. Registration for all attendees is required and is limited to 200 people attending in person. Please note that registration for exhibitors closed on March 31. If you are interested in attending please register below. Members of the media should contact Karina Wright at khw@mitre.org.

Doors to the MITRE facilities will open at 7:30am. A picture ID is needed for registration and badging. If you have any questions about the event, please contact either Rose Tyksinski (rtyksinski@mitre.org, 703-615-0464) for technical- or vendor-related inquiries, or Ana Marie Galdo (agaldo@mitre.org, 703-983-6032) for administrative support.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

All participants must complete and submit the registration form. In addition, conference exhibitors must also complete an Exhibitor Registration form to register their company.

Logistics

Location: MITRE 1 Auditorium, 7515 Colshire Drive, McLean, VA  22102.  The conference will take place as in previous years, on the MITRE campus located just inside the Beltway adjacent to Dolly Madison/Chain Bridge Road.

MITRE Shuttle Bus: A complimentary MITRE shuttle (white van) is available to and from the conference from the West Falls Church metro station. (See schedule). Service available from the West Falls Church Metro Station starting at 6:40 a.m., continuing every 20 minutes, and last bus from MITRE at 5:40 p.m. Drop off at MITRE 1 and 2 (come to the back of MITRE 1 for entrance).

Accomodations: A list of hotels in the Tyson's Corner area is available for download.

Media Coverage

Federal News Radio Interview, February 16, AOL Government Story, February 15, and ZDNET Story, February 22. AOL Government Events. March 5. GOvernment Computer News, April 2.

Members of the media should contact Karina Wright at khw@mitre.org.

Note to registrants: Media will be invited to this event and select presenters/presentations will be videotaped by MITRE Media Services. The entire conference proceedings will be audiotaped for MITRE use. Videotaped presentations will be made public with the permission of the presenters.

Agenda

7:30 - 8:30 AM Conference Check In / Exhibitor Showcase
 
8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome & Introduction – Gabe Galvan, Enterprise Modernization & Transformation Practices, MITRE Slides
 
SOA and Cloud Trends in the Federal Government - Ajay Budhraja, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Justice, IR
This presentation discusses trends related to Cloud and SOA and how these can be leveraged for Enterprise Transformation and Modernization. These trends significantly impact the strategy, planning and development of solutions due to innovative models for the delivery, consumption of services and the adoption of Cloud as an important shift in Information Technology.
 
8:45 – 9:45 AM Keynote: SOA and Cloud Trends in the Federal Government - Ajay Budhraja, ChiefTechnology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Justice. See GCN: Integrated services? The cloud alone isn't enough. Slides
 
9:45 – 10:30 AM Service Orientation and Governance – Patrick Place, Carnegie-Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute Slides
 
A discussion of governance in service oriented systems focused on a technique that uses scenarios to tailor existing governance either from SOA frameworks or elsewhere to the specific needs of an organization. SOA governance can be created and applied incrementally based on the organization’s maturity.
 
10:30 – 10:45 AM Break
 
10:45 – 11:30 AM Case Study: Strategy for Maturing Business Architecture and Services at US-VISIT - Rose Marie Davis, Business Planning Section Chief, Anne Drissel, Business Architect and Paul Medina, Senior Business Analyst; Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate Slides
 
The lessons learned and strategy for governance and maturation of US-VISIT’s biometric and biographic identity services. 
 
11:30 – 12:20 PM Overview of Exhibitors - SOA Tools and Frameworks 
 
12:20 – 1:30 PM Lunch, Networking and Exhibitor Showcase
 
Exhibitor Overviews (SOA Tools, Frameworks & Education)
11:30 – 11:40 AM Software AG Slides
11:40 – 11:50 AM IBM Slides
11:50 – 12:00 PM Everware-CBDI Slides
12:00 – 12:10 AM Bay State Slides
12:10 – 12:20 PM Semantic Community Slides
12:20 – 12:30 PM Dovel Technologies Slides
 
1:30 - 2:15 PM Afternoon Keynote:  SOA, the Cloud, and the Need for Governance - Amy Wohl; President, Wohl Associates Slides
 
As we move deeper into using the cloud as a new platform for all kinds of computing, we are learning that applications need to be created as a series of services and that we need to be able to catalog and discover these services easily, in order to reap the full benefits of our development investments.  The SOA development model also allows organizations to create modified and entirely new applications by recombining services permitting a much faster and more agile response to changing needs.
Enter SOA governance, a way to keep track of a growing library of SOA services, enable reuse, and permit easy monitoring of where these services are being used so they can readily be updated.
SOA governance for the cloud is different than Business governance or IT governance, but all are related.  In this session we will discuss both the status and promise of the cloud as well as how SOA development and governance make it better.
 
2:15 – 3:15 PM Panel Discussion:  Approaches for Increasing SOA and Cloud Maturity Slides
 
Moderator: Andrew Ide, MITRE; Panelists: Panelists:  Patrick Place; Amy Wohl; Dave Mayo.
 
3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
 
3:30 – 4:15 PM SOA Pilot:  Cross Information Sharing and Integration for the Intelligence Community - Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow & Chief Strategist Cloud Computing Lockheed Martin and Cloud Standards Customer Council, Steering Committee Chair; Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Enterprise Architect – Data Scientist, Semantic Community
 
The NCOICNGIA Geospatial Cloud Computing Pilot demonstrates the architecture and cloud platform for sharing unstructured information and structured data between the CIA and Intelligence Community (Defense Intelligence AgencyNational Geospatial – Intelligence AgencyNational Reconnaissance OfficeNational Security Agency). Slides and Slides
 
4:15 – 4:30 PM Wiki Blog - Brand Niemann, Federal SOA CoP
 
Highlights and summary of the conference

Speaker Biographies

Gabe Galvan

Department Head, Enterprise Business Transformation, MITRE

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Gabriel Galvan is a senior principal in the Center for Enterprise Modernization (CEM) at MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit entity of over seventy-five hundred employees, which operates as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).  Gabe leads the Enterprise Business Transformation department at  MITRE’s Center for Connected Government (CCG).   In his role he engages with federal government agencies and leaders at all levels by advising and contributing to the support of activities and projects that furthers the public’s interest.  With over twenty years of experience in information technology and the management consulting, he works with federal executives and staff to help them address challenges affecting their strategy, improve operations and overall mission effectiveness in a variety of areas.

Prior to joining MITRE in 2007, Gabe has enjoyed a wide set of experiences in working to service both the public sector and private industry.  His roles have encompassed both field and corporate functions in the United States and abroad.   His experiences have included working with IBM, BMC Software, HP and Fannie Mae in a variety of roles including responsibilities for leading industry-specific, geographic and national programs.

As a practitioner, his experience in business operations, management consulting, sales, services and public policy have led to his diverse set of skills and learning.   He often contributes to helping launch large initiatives in organizations through developing strategy and implementing business transformation disciplines as well as planning and executing for steady state operations.

Ajay Budhraja

Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Justice, IR

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Ajay Budhrajahas over 23 years in Information Technology with experience in areas such as Executive leadership, management, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, system architecture, software engineering, training, methodologies, networks, databases etc. Ajay has provided Senior Executive leadership for nationwide and global programs and has implemented integrated Enterprise Information Technology solutions. He has a Masters in Engineering (Computer Science), Masters in Management and Bachelors in Engineering. He is a Project Management Professional certified by the PMI and is also CICM, CSM, ECM (AIIM) Master, SOA, RUP, SEI-CMMI, ITIL-F, Security + certified. Ajay is currently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), US Department of Justice component led large scale projects for big organizations and has extensive IT experience related to telecom, business, manufacturing, airlines, finance and government. He has delivered internet based technology solutions and strategies for e-business platforms, portals, mobile e-business, collaboration and content management. He has worked extensively in the areas of application development, infrastructure development, networks, security and has contributed significantly in the areas of Enterprise and Business Transformation, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Technology innovation, Performance management, Agile management and development, Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud. He is the Co-Chair for the Federal SOA COP and has served as President DOL-APAC, AEA-DC, Co-Chair Executive Forum Federal Executive Institute SES Program. As Adjunct Faculty, he has taught courses for several universities. He has received many awards, authored articles and presented papers at worldwide conferences.

Patrick Place

Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Carnegie-Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute

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Pat Place is a senior member of the technical staff in the Research, Technology, and Systems Solutions Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).  Recently he has participated in developing practices for engineering in a system of systems context and software implications of net-centric operations. As part of this work he has worked with the Service Migration And Reuse Technique (SMART) applying it to both Army and Air Force system migrations. He has considered the acquisition implications of adopting an SOA development strategy. He has also participated in a number of independent technical assessments related to adoption of SOA practices.

Prior work at the SEI has included the development of the COTS Usage Risk Evaluation method (CURE), investigations into test and evaluation of COTS products, communications in distributed real-time systems, architectures for flight simulators, and system specification, modeling, and analysis using formal techniques.

Before joining the SEI, he worked at various companies either creating software development tools or formal specifications, sometimes tools to support formalism.  He has also been an adjunct lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, South Bank University and Imperial College teaching various courses on the use of formal specification techniques.

Anne Drissel

Chief Business Architect, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate

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Anne Drissel is the Business Architect for the US Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT Program.  She is responsible for supporting development and alignment of US-VISIT’s business services in biometric identity analysis and verification with the demands of its governmental partner and customer agencies and the priorities and policies of the Department.  Ms. Drissel initiated development of an enhanced requirements management methodology and installation of a consolidated requirements repository at US-VISIT.  She recently managed a major effort to elicit and document long-term needs from US-VISIT’s customers.  She is leading development of a business services methodology, guiding service definition and emergent analytic processes.  She is a member of the US-VISIT Enterprise Architecture Steering Committee and a business architecture advisor to the DHS Service-Oriented Architecture Working Group.

Ms. Drissel brings to this work more than 30 years in design and implementation of services and programs in government and the private sector.  While at the US Department of Health and Human Services she led a team that completed a major Congressionally mandated study for the White House that proposed a complete restructuring of the mental health delivery system in the US.

For DC Government, Ms. Drissel spearheaded an award-winning SOA-oriented modernization initiative to bring together data from health, mental health, welfare and justice-related information systems to enable case workers to view an integrated case information record on children and families at risk.  She led the Oracle team that developed one of the first Internet-based emergency room capacity notification systems for DARPA.  Ms. Drissel has a BS from the University of Maryland in Family and Community Development and completed graduate studies in Organizational Transformation at John F. Kennedy University in California.  She is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Executive Coach. 

Rose Marie Davis

Business Planning Section Chief, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate

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Rose Marie Davis serves as a Section Chief for the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program, a component of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), since July 2009. In this role, Ms. Davis leads the Business Planning section of the Business Policy & Planning Branch of the Program Integration and Mission Services Division.  Ms. Davis is responsible for leading the development of new capabilities in an effort to achieve mission and goals.  Before serving as Section Chief of Business Planning, Ms. Davis served as a Management and Program Analyst since September 2008.  In this role, Ms. Davis supported the requirements development for the Comprehensive Exit investment.   

Ms. Davis has supported the US-VISIT program since it was established in March 2003, as one of the initial programs within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  US-VISIT was established to accurately record the entry and exit of travelers to the United States by collecting biographic and biometric information—digital fingerprints and photographs.  Today, US-VISIT’s identity management services—the collection, analysis and storage of biometric data—provide critical information to decision makers throughout federal, state, and local agencies when and where they need it.  Ms. Davis is leading the planning team which is responsible for developing the requirements to enhance US-VISIT services with multimodal biometric capabilities such as iris and facial recognition identification and verification services.  

Prior to joining US-VISIT, Ms. Davis was a Lead Information Technology Specialist and served as Project Manager for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Information Technology, Passenger Systems Program Office, in support of US-VISIT Programs.  Ms. Davis also served as the Acting Branch Chief for the Inspections Systems Branch.

Prior to joining DHS in federal service in 2005, Ms. Davis was a senior developer for CIBER.  In that role, she supported the development of many information technology systems for CBP and the legacy U.S. Customs Service to enhance security and facilitate legitimate trade and travel.

Ms. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a concentration in computer science from Pennsylvania State University.  Ms. Davis is a certified secondary instruction for Mathematics.  In addition, Ms. Davis holds a master’s certificate in Project Management from the George Washington School of Business and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). 

Paul Medina

Senior Business Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate

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Paul A. Medina serves as a Management and Program Analyst for the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program, a component of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), since May 2011. In this role, Mr. Medina is a member of the Business Planning section of the Business Policy & Planning (BPP) Branch of the Program Integration and Mission Services Division.  Prior to joining DHS in federal service, Mr. Medina was a consultant providing support for system requirements to US-VISIT’s Information Technology Management (ITM) organization starting in early 2006, and later for business functional requirements to US-VISIT’s BPP Branch.

With his deep knowledge of the workings of US-VISIT systems, Mr. Medina is working with the lead Business Architect in BPP to formulate and document available and planned Business Services at US-VISIT in conjunction with on-going requirements efforts, as part of broader Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) capabilities definition, refinement and publication within DHS. He also supported the Customer Engagement activities in interviewing almost all external and internal customers of US-VISIT, leading the discussions on current missions and needed capabilities, and eliciting future needs as part of the planning for new capabilities to be targeted for US-VISIT.

Prior to working at US-VISIT, Mr. Medina provided requirements analysis services to the telecom industry. With over 25 years of experience in landline wholesale provisioning and trouble administration, Mr. Medina has employed queuing and modeling analysis for capacity management and performance tuning of large-scale systems deployed by Bell Laboratories, managed the environments for multi-phased application development systems at Bellcore, consulted on and designed large inventory and telecom circuit-design databases at Bell Labs and AT&T, performed data center surveys on behalf of BellSouth, and provided requirements analysis, training and support in the use of and interaction with telecom-specific application systems for Cap Gemini and Accenture.

Amy Wohl

President, Wohl Associates

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Amy D. Wohl is an analyst and consultant.  She has been observing, consulting to, and writing about new technology for more than 35 years.  Wohl has worked for hundreds of vendors, large and small, especially in the area of new business concepts and business software.  She is the president of Wohl Associates, a founder of TMT Strategies.  She blogs at both Amy Wohl’s Opinions and TMT Strategies.

Wohl currently focuses on cloud computing, which she has been covering since 1998.  She also covers enterprise software and strategies.  She continues to work with clients on new and emerging technologies, building models for new markets.

Andrew J. Ide

SOA Capability Leader, MITRE

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Mr. Ide has more than 18 years of industry experience assisting senior managers with designing and executing strategies to improve mission performance. His experience includes supporting programs in enterprise architecture, performance planning, applications development, and business process reengineering. He has led successful programs in the private sector and at multiple agencies including the Executive Office of the President, the Office of Management and Budget, the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Census Bureau, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Ide is a recognized thought-leader specializing in techniques that ensure operationally sound enterprise architecture concepts, strategies, and implementations. He is currently the Group Leader for the Services Architecture functional group within CCG's Enterprise Architecture Department.

Dave Mayo

President, Everware-CBDI

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Dave Mayo – An IT practitioner for 25 years and an enterprise architect for over 15 years, Mr. Mayo is the President of Everware-CBDI, a firm dedicated to enabling and implementing service oriented architecture (SOA) for federal and commercial organizations. He is a senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security EA program and led several tasks for the development of the original enterprise architecture for the Department. Mr. Mayo has been Vice Chair of the IAC/EA SIG and Chairs the Services Committee. He led the industry team and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Practical Guide to Federal Service Oriented Architecture for the Federal CIO Council. For his steadfast efforts to improve government effectiveness and efficiency through service-based EA, he received a Federal 100 award from Federal Computer Week in 2009. His background includes economics, strategic planning, information engineering, and business process reengineering.   He holds a MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Mel Greer

Chief Architect, SOA Cloud Computing and Director, SOA Competency Center, Lockheed Martin

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Melvin Greer is SOA Cloud Computing Chief Architect, and the Director SOA Competency Center, Lockheed Martin, Advanced Technologies Office. With over 20 years of systems and software engineering experience, he is a recognized expert in Service Oriented Architecture and Cloud Computing. He functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Mr. Greer is on the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), Cloud Computing working group and a member of the Government Cloud Computing Community of Interest.

In addition to his professional and investment roles, Mr. Greer is a Certified Enterprise Architect, Fellow and Adjunct Faculty at the FEAC Institute. He is also a member of the International Monetary Fund / World Bank, Bretton Woods Committee. Mr. Greer is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities and is an accomplished author, "The Web Services and Service Oriented Architecture" and "Software as a Service Inflection Point, Using Cloud Computing to Achieve Business Agility" are his most recently published books. Greer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology and his Master of Science in Information Systems from American University, Wash.

D.C. He also obtained his Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School.

Recent Publication:  Software as a Service Inflection Point, Using Cloud Computing to Achieve Business Agility, Melvin Greer, iUniverse (2009). ISBN: 978-1-4401-4195-9.

Brand Niemann

Director and Senior Data Scientist, Semantic Community and Former Senior Enterprise Architect and Data Scientist, US EPA

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Brand recently completed 30 years of Federal service. He worked on assignment for the Federal CIO Council during 2002-2007 on a series of assignments: Founding Chair of the Web Services Working Group, Semantic Interoperability Community of Practice, and Federal SOA Community of Practice, and as Executive Secretariat of the Best Practices Committee. He has written an online book "A New Enterprise Information Architecture and Data Management Strategy for the U.S. EPA and the Federal Government", published a paper entitled “Put My EPA Desktop in the Cloud to Support the Open Government Directive” and Data.gov/semantic (in response to Vivek Kundra's call), and implemented A Gov 2.0 Platform for Open Government in a Data Science Library (in response to Aneesh Chopra's call). Recently he has used two tools in the Amazon Cloud (Mindtouch and Spotfire) to extract, transform, and load a number of EPA and Federal databases to produce more transparent, open, and collaborative business analytics applications.  See http://semanticommunity.info/.

Blog by Brand Niemann

Comment 1 from Reader

 
Thought it was interesting how your piece in AOL Gov on shared services vs SOA got picked up by Federal News Radio and then by ZDNET.
 
I thought the way the writer laid out the case was an interesting way to look at this subject, and perhaps a model for how future articles by you might look, where there is a clear, cogent case, etc.
 
Take a look at the key goals of the federal shared service plan and decide for yourself how much it resembles SOA:
 
• Standardization: “Shared service providers must leverage consistent standards that streamline functions across the Federal Government. This enables communication, data sharing and function use across all agencies. It eliminates the use of decentralized and inconsistent resources to create new, unique solutions throughout agencies in response to a single set of Federal requirements.
 
• Visibility: “A government-wide shared services catalog helps agencies discover the wide array of available services. This enhances the potential for service integration as some agencies will develop shared services for those functions not already being provided.
 
• Reusability: “Shared services harness a way to support duplicated agency functions throughout the mission areas. This reduces the potential for development and maintenance costs by using repeatable services.”
 
• Platform independence: “Agencies no longer need to worry about integrating with their current platforms in-house. Shared services providers ensure a stable infrastructure and can manage systems changes and updates within a controlled environment.”
 
• Extensibility: “The basic shared services of a provider can be used as building blocks for other services that consumer agencies need. Services can be scaled up or down, based on demand.”
 
• Location transparency: “Users of shared services access the services from anywhere within the shared service network. This increases availability and end user access to strengthen SLAs between the provider and the services consumer.”
 
• Reliability: “Services provided are robust and stable with service continuity capabilities to minimize critical system outages to levels established by SLAs.”
 
My Reply:
 
Your point is well made. Shared services could be replaced with SOA in every one of those 7 points – while the word shared may be more appealing from the political and cost savings point of view, the reality from our experience is that initially good architecture and more investment are need to make it work and the new plan does not really provide for that and leaves the impression that it is easy to do if someone would just do it, but it takes real work like we have been doing over the past 6 years or so. So our agenda for the 13th conference features the real practitioners.
 

Comment 2 from Reader

 
It sounds like a great conference.  Please keep me posted!
 

Discussion That Prompted Me To Invite Eric Little and Kate Goodier to Present at Our Fall Conference

Some Context: See Outstanding Contributions to the SICoP and the SOA CoP, Arun Majumdar, Cutter Consortium/VivoMind Intelligence

 
As the session on Ontology for Federation and Integration of Systems is coming up March 1st, I would like to start some discussion on the topic; here are a few questions to think about:
 
Cory Casanave: What are the special capabilities ontologies have to offer for federation and integration that are not served by more traditional federation and integrations approaches such as ETL, SOA, Event Systems, etc?
 
Eric Little: They often work in conjunction.  I currently have a client in the medical device industry, for whom we have built a very large semantic integration system which runs in a private cloud computing system at their facility.  It presently contains 36 ontologies (which link together 9 DBs, plus all spreadsheet materials data).  The ontologies are federated into data source, data source integration (single and multi-source), domains and product genealogy (where advanced business/scientific rules sit).  We use several layers of SOA to transmit data to a series of user-driven applications (desktop, laptop, mobile, apps, etc.).  We have an ETL layer that provides a “semantic cache” necessary for integration with certain business intelligence UIs where people can do ad hoc querying or drive through the data in a multitude of ways.  We also are beginning to employ business process modeling toolsets to provide process mappings, alerts, security layers, etc., across the enterprise and link that information to the data sources that relate to materials, equipment, documents/reports, tests, R&D data, production data, etc.
 
In short it is not like one should ever conceive of having an ontology do all of those things.  The semantics provide the common vocabulary and set of integrated models, the logics/reasoner run over them in the form of queries, rules, autoclassifications, etc., the cloud provides the hardware, provisioning and computational horsepower to perform functions over large data graphs, the SOA layers provide means to move information to other technologies within the cloud, etc.
 
Kate Goodier: I also find that in applying ontology and semantics to solving federation issues, the solution always involves a combined approach. 
 
Cory Casanave: What features of current ontologies, or related inference capabilities, are or are not particularly useful for federation and integration?
 
Eric Little: Overly large models which are not federated, overly complex logics which are not decidable.  People want to examine large amounts of data very quickly.  This is not an academic exercise in this world.  Things need to be fast with very straight-forward and intuitive front ends.
 
Kate Goodier: The close integration with a co-produced front-end is an innovative practice. Involving the information consumer in the design works for me. 
 
Cory Casanave: Are upper- and/or mid-ontologies useful and/or necessary for semantic integration and federation?
 
Eric Little: Yes, very useful, but need to be federated and capable of expansion and integration with other data models.  The idea of making SMEs accept someone else’s language and terminologies is simply not realistic.  Good semantic systems I have seen have highly reusable components and are extensible without a lot of extra investment on the part of the company.
 
Cory Casanave: Where do existing ontological languages such as OWL, CL or basic FOL meet or not meet the needs of federation and integration?
 
Eric Little: This depends on what you want to do.  My company (Orbis Technologies uses different logics for different applications).  The one mentioned above utilizes Object Logic and it works very nicely.
 
Cory Casanave: What is the relationship between conceptual modeling and and/or logical models and ontologies?
 
Eric Little: I’m not sure there always is one – other than to say I understand conceptual models to be epistemic models, probably linked to specific perspectives, logic models are how the reasoner is going to perform (but I am not going to pretend to hold to this distinction).  One thing everyone in industry needs to be aware of is explicitly capturing different kinds of data and having different parts of the models that can perform different tasks.  Real world objects (documents, equipment, products, personnel, etc.) should be placed in real world domain ontologies.  Information entities (metadata, ontologies about data objects or measurements, etc.) should be properly placed in their own domains.  Entities extracted from NLP processing should be placed in its proper spot.  Inferred relations and autoclassifications should be put in their spots, and so on.  This way people (and reasoners) can better interpret and use the data.  Doing this little bit of metaphysical cleanup is useful for moving forward as projects continue to evolve and grow.  Clients can be educated into this systems approach for the ontology and often will see the value once the system begins producing good results.
 
Cory Casanave: What tools, standards or other capabilities are missing?
 
Eric Little: Scalability is a big issue still for many ontology solutions.  This often can be fixed, but not through ontologies per se.  One can enhance the system on several levels.  First, at the data source level itself (we sometimes can clean up the tables themselves, normalize DBs, etc.).  One can federate out the models at various layers to better handle queries and rules.  One can use things like Hadoop/MapReduce approaches to be able to thread queries and algorithms so as to only utilize those parts of the models needed for certain reports, queries or investigations.  Again, ontologies themselves do not really provide all of the answers here.  This is a systems approach – sometimes one even cheats on the front end by performing lazy loading, etc., to make the experience seem faster than it is because things are loading in the background.
 
Kate Goodier: I agree. 
 
Cory Casanave: If ontologies solve this problem, why isn’t the problem solved?
 
Eric Little: I think my position is clear by now – ontologies do not solve many of these problems.  This is like asking “if I have a wiring diagram that shows the entire structure of my car, why does it not fix itself?”  The mechanic can use that diagram to solve problems easier than poking around blindly, but the ontology is just a map or a model of the classes, attributes, time stamps, events, etc., that people care about within a certain set of domains (I’m sure I will get flamed by my fellow philosophers for making this kind of crude statement – and I get the value of deep metaphysics).  The point is the ontology is NOT an end-to-end system, it is part of the puzzle.  It provides an important backbone for all of the things I list above, but it does not provide the solution in isolation.
 
Cory Casanave: The intent is not to answer all of these but to spur discussion on topics of your choosing.
 
Cory Casanave
President, Model Driven Solutions
8605 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 505
Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 992-9108
Cell: (703) 362-0300
 
Eric Little, PhD
Director, Information Management
Orbis Technologies, Inc. Orlando
1255 CityView Center
Oviedo FL, 32765
Office: 321-710-2210
Cell: 321-480-4818
 
Dr. Katherine Goodier     
Senior Systems Engineer
L-3 Communications, Intelligence Solutions Division
961 Mercantile Dr. Suite Q
Hanover, Maryland 21076
Phone: 703-621-4568

Conference Blog

8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcome & Introduction – Gabe Galvan, Enterprise Modernization & Transformation Practices, MITRE Slides

Welcome to the 13th Conference. Incredible effort to keep this conference going - list of those that do this. 7 MITRE sites teleconferencing and other participants. Wolf Tombe is unable to present today but will on October 2nd - changed the process for public release process - longer than originally thought. No superstition about the 13th - even a few in the audience that have their birthdays on the 13th. MITRE is a fact-based organization so we are not concerned about a conference #13!

Outstanding agenda today. SOA is alive and well in the federal government. Introduce AJ and will serve as moderator. Logistics: restrooms, security (foreigh nationals need to be escorted in the facility), and breaks in Atrium,

Introduce AJ: See his bio and http://www.ajzoom.com

8:45 – 9:45 AM Keynote: SOA and Cloud Trends in the Federal Government Ajay Budhraja, ChiefTechnology Officer (CTO), U.S. Department of Justice. See GCN: Integrated services? The cloud alone isn't enoughSlides

Thank you. This takes months of planning. SOA and Cloud Trends for a Federal Government Prespective and Organizations. Hear the word all day long. Investments projected at over $120 billion by 2013. Projects that start agile but end up in chaos. Not just a few service but a platform. Service-orientation, but why not cloud - need good SOA first and then deploy in the cloud.

At Justice we are building SOA and Cloud applications for the enterprise, greater information exchange across agencies and organizations, for both internal and end-to-end solution deployment, data center consolidation with greater empjasis on governance, etc.

Looking at private cloud, but also hybrid and community services for cloud. Important to have an auditing process for Cloud and Service Realization.

Initial Cloud Adoption: Email, Collaboration, Test/Development Environments, and New Applications. Greater Adoption: Big Data, Mobility, Social Networks, Business Intelligence, and Analytics. NIST Guidance for doing this. Need to use a phased approach to migrating applications to the cloud. Need to collaborate with other agencies - a federated model - lead an interagency group working on this to get agreements (MOUs, SLAs, etc.) to do this to get buy-in. Business cases have to show cost savings for cloud or non-cloud solutions.

Q&A

Q: Licensing (enterprise, individualm etc.)

A: Lead teams that look at the security, etc, aspects of licensing. Depends of what aspect you are looking at.

Q: Private sector adoption ahead of public sector cloud adoption and why?

A: Procurement and Security aspects in government take longer so public sector is faster. Change management also takes longer because of the government IT culture,

Q: What costs models used for multiple consumers? First builder, etc.

A: Pilots help foster buy-in and spreading the cost across more participants.

Gabe Galvan gives AJ the certificate of appreciation.

AJ introduces Pat Place. See bio.

9:45 – 10:30 AM Service Orientation and Governance – Patrick Place, Carnegie-Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute Slides

Types of SOA Governance: Design0time, Runtime, and Change-time. Experience with a government SOA program that was in the death throes because all it had done was governance and had no results to show.

Benefits of SOA Governance: Alignment of business processes, Compliance with Sarbanes - Oxley (Business Rules), etc.

Challenges of Implementing SOA Governance: Seems counterintutive, knowing where to begin, etc.

SOA Governance Models: Diverse, Vendor-Independent, etc.

Common SOA Governance Model Elements: Found 7 Models with Common Elements.

SOA Governance Must be done in context and be incremental and based on maturity models. Just get that first service out there!

SOA Center of Excellence - provides realism to SOA

Multiple SOA Governance Models - 7 used, markey leaders such as IBM and Oracle, Niche vendors and consultants such as Software AG, etc.

Activities: 1-Establish Context (difficult to get business drivers), 4- Create Scenarios of SOA Governance Needs (workshops are essential for doing this)

This is not magic, but an incremental approach.

Summary: SOA Governance provides mechanisms and policies, scenarios, and models.

Q&A

Q: Governance across multiple organizations - not just programs

A: This should work for that.

Comment: There will be more time during the panel session.

10:30 – 10:45 AM Break

Food and Vendors in the Atrium

10:45 – 11:30 AM Case Study: Strategy for Maturing Business Architecture and Services at US-VISIT - Rose Marie Davis, Business Planning Section Chief, Anne Drissel, Business Architect and Paul Medina, Senior Business Analyst; Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate Slides

Rose Marie Davis (Bio) - Business Services: Appreciate reusability - Here two years ago (Rose Tyksinski helped set up framework for doing a business architecture) - Needed a Methodology - Program Manager Needed to Understand - Start of Case Study Work at US Visit.

Needed a pilot to prove to the business owners they needed it. Borader Patrol needed a way to indentify illegal immigrants - use biometrics - but do not need a separate service for each organization's needs. Wanted to use the cloud and interact with DoJ IASIS - need a service - data auditing - share data with those authorize to see it. Success measured in prosecutions and convictions/indictments. Answers Customers Questions: What indenity data do you have? Do you save the biometric data? How can we access your identity data?

Anne Drissel (Bio) - Defining Business Services: Formerly at MITRE three years ago - Did a Strategic Plan - Got requirements together. Discover business services from existing technical service information. Reverse engineer documentation. Needed to understand the use of words - no one had the taxonomy. Published Business Services Catalogue (Reference Guide). Took it on the road to talk to agencies (19) - it worked! A service is a composition of elements and a service may be a composite of services. How do we rapidly document and depict business services? Paul will talk about that next.

Paul Medina (Bio) - Working with Business Services: Use UML-based tools to produce business process diagrams. Comment from Colleagues: These diagrams are not working systems.

Rose Marie Davis (Bio): This is the vision of business driving technology. Established vignettes and use for bew hires to agency. Allows us to talk with Chief Architect. Using DOORS repository.

Anne Drissel (Bio): Adopted Coloring System for Tracability of Business Services to Technical Services.

11:30 – 12:20 PM Exhibitor Overviews (SOA Tools, Frameworks & Education)

11:30 – 11:40 AM Software AG Slides
 
Infrastructure for building and delivering reusable business capabilities.
Better time-to-value with a smart combination of ?? and templates.
SOA Practice #7: Use SOA for a head start in adopting the cloud (see White Paper and Dummies' Book on SOA and BPM)
11:40 – 11:50 AM IBM Slides

IBM Rational: SOA and Cloud: Reconciling Governance and Agility - over 6000 customers - #1 in market share - Smart SOA with BPM for a SOA IT infrastructure - see 600 services and software in catalogue (mostly free).

Thought Leader Papers (Robert Laird): Does taking a SOA approach help or hurt cloud computing?

IBM offerings for SOA entry points: Software )WebSphere) and Services

Also SDLC Tools: Rationale. Have handout.

Agility to grow: Scott Ambler - April 24th seminar at IBM headquarters.

11:50 – 12:00 PM Everware-CBDI Slides
 
Dan Ellis - Director of Federal Services - small business that partners a lot to provide holistic approac to mature more quickly a software factory.
 
Everware-CBDI Snapshot - Journal 130+ Editions - government and commerical consulting. Setting the Stahe: Typical Process - Disruptive.
 
We need a major inflection point to show that benefits are greater than costs. See convergence of capabilities for modernization. Service offerings include for NARA and CMS.
 
Summary: 25 Point Plan requires inflection point. Modernization efforts position for the future. Flexible framework for doing this.
12:00 – 12:10 AM Bay State Slides

Clients and Services: Enterprise Lifecycle Management, IT Infrastructure Support, Information Assurance and Securitym and Training.

Department of Treasury Client (170 IT department - about 180 projects) transform existing projects to do enterprise reporting. Looked into a representative sample of projects to use IBM Rationale - about 20% through it.

Department of Energy - Claims Processing - Take requirements, documents, etc. parsed into IBM Rationale - build an ontology.

NIST - Database Administration - ITIL implementation.

Other Customers.

12:10 – 12:20 PM Semantic Community Slides

This is a new role for me. I have been to the first 11 or so conferences as a federal employee - now I am outside the government. There are three experiences that have strongly influence my thinking on SOA: first the Federal CIO Council said "show me a SOA" and we did with a model-driven architecture approach lead by Cory Casanave, then I saw a dynamic case management tool from Be Informed where the Model = Design + Application + Documentation and all of the them are Semantic SOA Services, and finally I saw Brian Hurd the go-to-guy in the IC for data analytics who Inverted the "bath tub" curve of time for collection, analysis, and communication with Spotfire - I told my EPA CIO I wanted to be a data scientist and do that and he said go for it. We wanted a SOA pilot for each conference, but free time and other constraints precluded that, but now with cloud tools and greater functionality and agility it has become easier.

So in my last several years with the government, and since leaving government, I have been able to work as a data scientist and do self-serve business intelligence for Data.gov, AOL Government, the Network Centric Industry Consortium (NCOIC), etc. to do quick pilots - just give me your data and I will have something for you in a few days. My great AOL Government editor, Wyatt Kash, challenges me to explain what the senior IT leaders in the federal government are saying should be done with Big Data, Shared Services, SOA, etc. and I do that. For example, he challenged me to explain what our new Federal CIO VanRoekel meant by Shared Services and I used his Federal IT Dashboard in Motion data and did a Federal IT Dashboard in Motion and in Memory App that met or exceeded his seven required benefits and six required components. More about all of this in my presentation on the pilot for the conference at the end of the day.

12:20 – 12:30 PM Dovel Technologies Slides

Jason Bloomberg - Zapthink was acquired by Dovel recently. Trends we follow. Cloud Computing, Social Media, and Mobile Technologies.

Table of Quality Metrics. Can be agile and have high performance metrics.

FAA SWIM and other clients.

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

1:30 - 2:15 PM Afternoon Keynote:  SOA, the Cloud, and the Need for Governance - Amy Wohl; President, Wohl Associates Slides

Bio

Some vendors saw cloud as a huge opportunity to change everything and reinvigorate SOA.

SOA is becoming more important with the increased use of cloud computing. Companies who use SOA are a step up on cloud computing.

Effective governance requires understanding the questions being asked and nesting (SOA, IT, Enterprise Governance).

Hybrid Cloud is a new environmentm, not well understood - soon more information. Participates in OMG Cloud Standards Customer Council with Mel Greer (speaking later today). Need connectors between services. Need strong standards that provide interoperability - not perfect. New developments are disruptive of standards - need to be updated.

Benefits: Transfer CapEx to OpEx, etc.

Editing a new book by Judith Horiwitz on Hybrid Cloud Computing. She has spoken at this conference before.

Summary: Applying SOA Governance to Cloud Computing Makes It Better. Getting to a Community Cloud (Southeast Asia is a good example-Jason Bloomberg agrees).

Q&A

Q: How do successful SOA systems achieve reliability?

A: Assure you they do. Consumer satisfaction experience drives it. Private clouds can achieve high level of security required.

2:15 – 3:15 PM Panel Discussion:  Approaches for Increasing SOA and Cloud Maturity

Moderator: Andrew Ide, MITRE; Panelists: Panelists: Patrick Place; Amy Wohl; and Dave Mayo

Amy: Need standards for interoperability (OMG-CSCC).

Dave: Need definition of terms - SOA is an architecture, etc., Cloud is a platform for deploying services, Governance is about making decisions, establishing policies, etc., and Agility is the ability to respond quickly. Believe Governance enables Agility rather than constrain it.

Pat: Agree that terminology is important. Details are where it gets complicated.

Panelists: Agility is the result of SOA-Cloud. Organizations hit-the-wall with the new requirements coming in daily - development costs exceed the budget.

This discussion reminds me of Gall's Law and playing the role of a Data Scientist/Intelligence Analyst.

Closing Statements:

Amy: What should go to the cloud and not.

Dave: Cloud Needs Security and Service Orientation - too much movement to cloud without SOA.

Pat: Virtualization of Hardware us Hard to Argue Against.

Seed Questions: 

1. How does good governance or the lack thereof, impact SOA Maturity?

2. It seems that in many organizations progress made maturing either their SOA or Cloud efforts is hard to sustain. How can organizations avoid slipping back in maturity and giving away progress made?

3. Most SOA maturity assessments seem to start with the assumption that the business has services that can be converted into SOA services. In practice, do you find that this is the case or is this a pre-cursor to even talking about SOA maturity?

4. Looking at a few of the Cloud Maturity Models, it seems fairly straight-forward to move from a data-center approach to a virtualization approach and finally to a policy-based provisioning approach with self-service. What makes it harder than just consolidating servers and updating the operating environment and where should IT leadership start?

5. There have been several SOA Maturity Models published, such as the Open Groups as well as ones from vendors such as IBM, Oracle and HP.  Do you recommend using one of these to help guide SOA Maturity efforts or do you prefer a different approach?

3:15 – 3:30 PM Break

 

3:30 – 4:15 PM SOA Pilot:  Cross Information Sharing and Integration for the Intelligence Community - Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow & Chief Strategist Cloud Computing Lockheed Martin and Cloud Standards Customer Council, Steering Committee Chair; Brand Niemann, Director and Senior Enterprise Architect – Data Scientist, Semantic Community

 
The NCOICNGIA Geospatial Cloud Computing Pilot demonstrates the architecture and cloud platform for sharing unstructured information and structured data between the CIA and Intelligence Community (Defense Intelligence AgencyNational Geospatial – Intelligence AgencyNational Reconnaissance OfficeNational Security Agency). Slides and Slides
 
Mel: Be clear and concise. NCOIC Cloud Interoperability Demo for NGA. Cloud 2.0: NCOIC Cloud Interoperability Experiment, NGA asked to use it, On-demand and On-line, Put GEOINTT in Hands of Users and Scale to Larger Uses, NCOIC Proposal for Central Nodes and Use Cases, NCOIC GITT Subgroups: Architecture, Use Cases and Data Sets, and Collaboration. Proposal Sumitted and Funding Obtained and Launched December 15, 2011. NGA CRADA to NCOIC is to get the Voice of Industry. Different Acquisition Strategy for Cloud 2.0. Cloud 1.0 Acquisition Strategy is the conventional RFP. Run a Hackathon, Challenge Contest, etc.
 
Q&A
 
Q: Lots of NGA stuff out there - how different?
A: NGA wants to be the primary source of geospatial data and more interoperable with rest of IC and NATO partners. Support global disaster response (Haiti, Japan, etc.).
 
Q: Working with other IC agencies?
A: Yes, and part of scaling this up.
 
Brand: Great conference: I love my personal parking place and lanyard that matches my tie! Thank you MITRE staff and attendees for another wonderful experience. Notes ahead of time since I cannot speak and write at the same time (yet).
 
Reverse the order: 1. Blog, 2. Demo, and 3. AJ Wrapup.
 
1. Blog - what I have done today is build a knowledgebase using a WOA (SOA for the Web) tool that supports the Sitemap.org and Schema.org Protocols. Try a Google search when you get home and see a Chrome Browser search for an unusual topic I just entered to introduce Part 2.
 
All can go home and do this (earlier conferences we wanted to get to SOA for the masses - Open Source ESB on DVD from Iona - now from Progress Software that FAA SWIM and others use).
 
Get your own tool or use this one - contact me for help.
 
2. Demo: Knowledgebases and Slides
NCOIC for NGA Kickoff (password required), December 15. Wiki and Slides. AOL Government Story
 
A Quint - Cross Information Sharing and Integration App
 
NCOIC-NGA Pilot Presentation, January 20. Slides
 
NCOIC-NGA Pilot Presentation, February 1. Slides
 
DoD DCMO RFI, February 6. Slides.
Slides Confidential
 
NCOIC-NGA and DoD DCMO Pilot Presentation, February 13. Slides.
 
NCOIC-NGA Pilot Presentation, February 17 and 20. Slides
 
NCOIC General Plenary Meetings, February 28-29, and March 1. NCOIC-NGA Pilot. Slides
 
NCOIC-NGA Pilot. Slides. March 9 and 16. Slides. March 19. NCOIC-NGA Pilot. Slides.
 
NCOIC-NGA Pilot. Slides. March 23 and 26
 
13th SOA for e-Government Conference, MITRE, McLean, VA, April 3. NCOIC-NGA Pilot. Slides
 
NCOIC-NGA FAA Pilot. Slides. April ??
Federation of SOA (in process)
 
3. Wrapup: AJ
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