8th SOA for E-Government Conference October 5 2009

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Announcing the 8th SOA E-Government Conference - McLean, Virginia October 5, 2009

The conference theme is “Services Orientation in Practice”

Along with the Federal SOA Community of Practice, the MITRE Corporation is hosting a free conference for Federal managers and executives interested in adopting service-based, enterprise-wide practices.  The full day event will feature a dynamic and challenging foray into the practical aspects of service oriented program delivery incorporating both technical and management perspectives.  

Our keynote speakers, distinguished presenters and experienced panelists will cover useful and poignant topics, including:

“Becoming a Services Based Enterprise”

“Implementing Practical SOA Governance”

“Succeeding in Funding and Acquiring Services in Federal Procurement,” and focused discussions on achieving “Services Orientation Through Cloud Computing” among other topics. 

Conference Specifics:

Monday October 5, 2009    The location is in MITRE 1 Auditorium, 7515 Colshire Road, 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.  Free registration is through the conference’s online website – which will be open by August 31, 2009.   The agenda and related announcements, including parking, vendor participation and conference details will be announced on the website later this month. List of hotels.

Register at: http://www.mitre.org/register/soa after Augut 31st.

If you have any questions or comment leading up to formal registration, please send an email to:  glinden@mitre.org PoC:  Gregory Linden.


Theme:   Services Orientation in Practice

7:30 – 8:30 AM Conference Check In Please proceed to the Auditorium 

8:30 – 8:40 AM Welcome – Elaine Ward, MITRE Corporation, Agenda Overview – Dave Mayo, Federal SOA Community of Practice Evaluation Form Slides

8:45 – 8:55 AM Dr. Stephen Huffman, MITRE Chief Technology Officer 

8:45 - 9:15 AM Morning Keynote:  Mr. Paul Ketrick, Institute for Defense Analysis Slides 
                       Title:  Realizing SOA 

9:15 - 10:00 AM Presenter:  Larry Johnson, TethersEnd Consulting Slides 
                        Topic: Achieving Records Services Management at the National Archives 

10:00 - 10:15 AM Break – Coffee and Snacks (In the Atrium)

10:15 – 11:00 AM Presenter: Eric A. Marks, President & CEO AgilePath Corporation, The Executive’s Guide to Cloud Computing Slides White Paper

11:00 – 11:45 PM Presenter: Paul Giangarra, IBM Distinguished Engineer, SOA: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Slides

11:45 – 1:15 PM Lunch – Networking Break (Visit Exhibitors in Atrium) 

Room 1H300 12:00 – 1:00 Break Out Session Presented by Dennis Smith, SEI, Migrating Legacy Systems to SOA Environments Slides 

1:15 – 1:45 PM Presenter: Dennis Smith, SEI, Goals and Challenges in SOA Governance Slides

1:45 – 3:00 PM  Panel Discussion: SOA Governance – Case Lessons Slides 
Panel Members: Cory Casanave, Data Access Technologies, Inc. (Slides); Michael E. Ruiz, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Paul Giangarra, IBM; Tushar K. Hazra, EpitomiOne (Slides). Moderator: Marie Francesca, MITRE

3:00 - 3:15 PM Break – Coffee and Snacks (In the Atrium)

3:15 – 4:00 PM  Presenter:  Jordon Braunstein, TUSC Enterprises, Using Agile Methods for Accomplishing Rapid Service Iterations Slides (Abstract

4:00 - 4:45 PM Presenter:  Eric Dabbaghchi, MITRE, SOA Standard Models & Architectures Slides

4:45 – 5:00 PM  Conference Wiki Blog: Brand Niemann, Federal SOA Community of Practice Slides

Blog by Brand Niemann

Welcome and Logistics by Elaine Ward, Head of Mitre EA Business Modernization Practice.
Please complete the evaulation form.
Excited to see uptake of SOA, Cloud Computing, EA, etc. from a business perspective as well as an IT perspective.             
Dave Mayo - good morning, 8th conference - tribute to efforts of lots of people but also to the staying power of SOA: in 2nd wave (first started in 2002-2004 primarily vendor driven and focused on technology) focused on business needs - business folks are driving the IT side of things now - greatest benefits come from - Paul Kendrick of DISA will speak about this in keynote. Great to see the staying power of SOA - buzz word today is cloud computing - but underlying concepts are the same (SOA) - solid agenda - panle on governance, case studies of what poker chairs has worked, etc.. Need to get the word out to the community. Going to have a great day - see the packets. Introduce Steven Huffam.
Stephan Huffman - welcome to Mitre, look forward to conference, Offer sereveral observations: the magic of SOA - senior managers do not recognize SOA are very powerful abstractions but no magic - real software running on real platform. Also what is the business model for applications (governance) across multiple organizations? Real question to answer.    
Paul Kendrick - don't like PowerPoint, but like demos so go to the Web and play first.
The challenge - who do we make sense out of this? (links in slide 15) Showed YouTube Video. How to get SOA out of the the EA's room and into the boardroom. Refers to Dennis Wisnofsky's work (see previous conferences) - awards that the BTA has won doing mashups.  Showed YouTube Video.
KIcked people out of office - don't get to buy anything - reuse what's out there for free. Justed mash them up. We are realizing SOA - showed third video. Students taught the old way, but responding in a whole new way! Challenge is to change to respond to the new wave of workers coming in to our organizations - learning on their own. "I didn't create these problems, but I am going to fix them.!"
Show gusto in working madera jobs on the problems - put architecture in the backroom (skeleton like a bike - needed but not front and center)
Larry Johnson - Here with OMG hat on - co-chair Government Domain Task Force. Work on Records Management for NARA. Used OMG's Model Driven Architecture approach. Also doing a RM Maturity Model. On travel for several months and ended up with 700 emails that needed to be classified. ERm Program at NARA (Electronic Records Management Program) to sort and categorize the many electronic folders that NARA receives. RMS Interagency Project Team Participating Agencies - 18 agencies agreed to functional requirements. Many lines of angle bracket markup for the services. Missing some slides.
Question: What really is the value-added? Answer: Have a retention record, authenticity, etc.
Question: What are the next steps and level of committment (18 agencies still support)? Answer: Socializing the standard - looking at pilots that several agencies want to do.
Question: How does file become a record? Answer: Every agency has a record schedule.
Question: What lead to OMG doing this as a standard? Answer: When NARA finished the Functional Requirements asked what next - and liked the OMG business management process.
Right on schedule - please return to start at 10:15 am.
Paul Giangarra - 32 year IBM career. SOA is not new - the way we build systems is. Service Oriented or Not is Important. My First SOA Project (circa 1975). Credits Paul Gerstner (former IBM president) with putting on course for today: World 2.0. Grady Booch on SOA (Snake-Oil Architecture).His Corollary: ABC (Architecture, Business, and Consumers). Current SOA Project (thousands of sensors for health of a bridge) that has event-driven services. What he did since 1967 we call "Cloud Computing" today! See Summary slide for main points.
Eric Marks - fothcoming book with co-founder of Appistry (out late winter). Preview of Cloud Reference Model developing for DoD and Intelligence Community. Why? (What is the big rush - every 5 years we have to do this!). Agencies are on to the next silver bullet having failed successfully at SOA :). The Compelling Cloud Idea: Rapid Time to Market, Acquisition end around, etc. SOA establishes a Cloud foundation for the Enterprise. Negative press on SOA is promoting the Cloud. Services are the enabling onramp to cloud-enabling the enterprise. Logical Cloud Stack: Application Virtualization, Data Virtualization, latform Virtualization, Application Hosting, Infrastructure Virtualization, and Network Virtualization. Is SOA part of cloud or does Cloud enable SOA? Webinar last week. Agility Dauble Play= SOA + Cloud (do at same time). Cloud--enable core SOA patterns (5 - data centric, process-centric, legacy, portal, consumption, etc., and infrastructure). NIST Cloud Delivery Model Arcitectures (too simplistic). Four supporting submodels. See Cloud Ecosystem Model (slide 12?). Cloud Enablement Model (4 tiers: cloud business, cloud platform, cloud "OS", and cloud virtualization). See updates slides on the Wiki later. Also discusses items in schematic diagram around the 4 tiers.
Applying this to 4 projects in the fall - using OASIS-like discipline.  
SOA Patterns Enable Many Cloud Computing Patterns and Vice-Versa. See list of things to do tommorrow. Appreciate the invitation and seeing a lot of the same faces in attendance.
Question: Excellent presentation! Had trouble convincing our client to do SOA (cloud). Answer: SOA is the 10 year and cloud is the 5 year committment.
Question: Followed presentation until thing about trust, scalability, etc. Answer: Missed.
Question: What is the role of Google, etc. Answer: There are useful use cases for private clouds. E.g. Laboratory consolidation.
Question: Is government giving up on the infrastructure? Answer: Yes, the Air Force program (acronym?). Issue is changing the organizational behavior.
Question: Two very expensive data centers in DHS. See commercial cloud coming to them. Answer: Like to see a "public cloud option" to data center.
Lunch Time: Cafeteria and Visit Exhibits (about 6 companies). 12 - 1 p.m. Dennis Smith Breakout in Room 1H300.
Dennis Smith - Gave excellent tutorial during lunch (see slides and URLs in last slide). SOA Governance is vendor-neutral and applicable regardless of which vendor (s) is selected. Uses a scenario-based technique.
Question: What is your opinion of the OMG SOA Reference Model. Answer: Good, and should be used more often.
Question: What area of SOA see more standards? Answer: Talk about SOA 2.0 (although never a SOA 1.0) - event processing and expansion of SOA beyond enterprise (e.g. battlefield - lost of sensors) - dynamic applications, semantics, etc. that need more standards and basic research.
Panel Discussion - Marie Francesca (Mitre): Introduction (5 minutes each)   
Cory Casanave - Do we need SOA governance? Yes, and at the very beginning of the effort. It is a social and collaborative experience.
Michael Ruiz - Making Informed Acquisition Decisions
Paul Giangarra - Keys to Effective Governance Solutions: Questions SOA Customers Ask
Tushar Hazra - SOA Governance: Five Issues and Solutions
SOA Governance Panel: Lessons Learned -  Eric Marks - AF NetCents2 (sp?) contract done with SOA Governence in mind (Mitre-Bedford involved). Also good governance should be "subtracted". Lots of discussion that was difficult to distill in real-time.
Jordan Braunstein - The Agile Manifesto - compared to conventional software deveolpment techniques. Why use Agile on SOA? Use the SOA Master whose main writer job is to remove impediments. Methodology: BTR (build, try, revise) and iterate.
Question: Agree with you, but how deal with customers that re-align their business? Answer: Make requirements document your shippable product. Question: Government requires so much time to do this - how get feedback sooner? Answer: Get trained on these processes and get teams to understand it (courage, respect, etc.). 
Eric Dabbaghchi - Goals: SOA Harmonization Using Standards (OMG, W3C, Open Group, etc.) survey of the field.
Report out:
Dave Mayo - in 2nd wave of SOA: less IT driven and more business driven
Stephen Huffman - The real question to answer is the business model for applications (governance) across multiple organizations.
Paul Kendrick - BTA has won awards for doing mashups (SOA into the boardroom) 
Larry Johnson - Socializing the standard - looking at pilots that several agencies want to do.
Paul Giangarra - What he and others did since 1967 we call "Cloud Computing" today!
Eric Marks - SOA Patterns Enable Many Cloud Computing Patterns and Vice-Versa. Forthcoming book!
Dennis Smith - Gave excellent tutorial during lunch (see slides and URLs in last slide). SOA Governance is vendor-neutral and applicable regardless of which vendor (s) is selected. Uses a scenario-based technique.
SOA Governance Panel: Lessons Learned - Lots of discussion that was difficult to distill in real-time.
Jordan Braunstein - Use the SOA Master whose main job is to remove impediments. The methodology is: BTR (build, try, revise) and iterate.    
Eric Dabbaghchi -
The pilot this time has been SOA and Cloud Computing with the NCOIC, See Federal Cloud Computing. Essay WritingSOA Patterns (about 10-15) in the Services WG and working on interoperability standards in the new Cloud Computing Team. Join us! Semantic Web for XBRL (Financial Data) - today and tommorrow at the FDIC
Friday, NCOIC Cloud Computing Team Conference Call, 1 p.m. EST. Email bniemann@cox.net for more information.               
Feedback forms - paper here and online at wiki - copy and paste to email to Greg Linden.
Suggestions to Dave, Greg, Gabe, and/or myself.
The next SOA e-Gov Conference will be Monday, April 5, 2010!
Thanks to all that help organize, support, and present!

Evaluation Form

Steps: Copy and Paste this page into your Email. Enter your responses and email to glinden@mitre.org . Your responses will be kept confidential.

8th SOA e-Government Conference
Participant Evaluation Sheet

Please respond to the following questions. Your input will help improve the conference, revise its content, and enhance the experience for future conference attendees.  Thank you.

Please rate your response to each question as follows: 1 - Disagree; 5 - Agree. Please place rating number at the end of the sentence.

1. The conference met my expectations.
2. The conference theme was appropriate “Services Orientation in Practice”
3. The conference scope was relevant to my interests.
4. The conference format (speakers and Q & A sessions) was effective.
5. The topics covered relate to my work.
6. The conference helped me broaden my understanding of SOA.
7. Sufficient time was provided for individual presentations.
8. I liked the topic and arrangements for the mid-day break out session.
9. Vendor exhibits added value to the conference.
10. I enjoyed the afternoon panel on SOA governance.
11. I will be able to apply what I learned to my programs and/or projects.  
12. The "wrap-up" wiki blog at conference end was an effective summary. 

For items where you indicated a need for improvement, please provide comments below. 

 What would make this conference more relevant for you?

Please give your ideas to improve mid-day break out sessions/tutorials:

Ideas to enhance interaction with SOA exhibitors/vendors:

Suggestions for topics, presentations, etc. for future conferences:

What went especially well at the conference, in your opinion?

How could the SOA Conference be improved?

Thank you for completing the conference survey.

The next SOA e-Gov Conference will be Monday, April 5, 2010!

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