Subject: Next IASA Meeting on Securing SOA
- Registration (requested, free):
When: Thursday November 16th, 6-8 pm
Pizza & soda will be served
Where: FGM 4th Floor
12021 Sunset Hills Road Suite 400, Reston, VA 20190
From the Beltway (I495) take exit for Dulles Toll Road (267 West),
take exit to Reston Parkway, turn right after ramp, take first left at
Sunset Hills Road, take second left into parking lot, park on right side.
Topic: "Securing SOA"
Integration has been the Holy Grail in information technology from the
time the second program was written. Over time we have explored
several different architectural models for integration and many
different technologies. The scrap heap of IT history is littered
with approaches that failed technically and technically brilliant
approaches that did not capture the market. Despite a long history
of failure, we have doggedly pursued the objective, because the
imperative for integration in compelling and the cost of a failing to
integrate is overwhelming.
We are now driving to integration through SOA. Through the evolution
of ubiquitous connectivity based on internet protocols and
vendor-independent standards with integration we are seeing much
greater success than in prior efforts. SOA works, the case is
compelling, and the rush is on. There are challenges, however.
First, there are degrees of SOA, with huge implications in terms of
cost, performance, and risk. Second, building SOA requires
fundamental changes in organizations and processes. Focusing only on
the technology is a prescription for failure. Finally, SOA is a very
different animal from a technical perspective. The standard point of
attack on a system is at the interfaces, and SOA is all about
interfaces. SOA is a target-rich environment.
Craig Miller will talk about his experiences in building SOA at the
enterprise scale. He will talk about his personal experience with a
small pharmaceutical company (Cubist), a large health insurance
company (Wellpoint) and ongoing work with large internet security
brokerage. All defined and approached SOA in their own way.
Craig Miller is a Principal Consultant at Cigital. He has more than
30 years of IT experience. During this time his interest has
followed the progression of technology from the focus on individual
programs to the current emphasis on enterprise scale integration.
During this time, he has followed many technical blind alleys, as we
struggled as an industry and profession to find effective ways to
bridge application, system, and enterprise boundaries. Despite
numerous scars, he is optimistic about progress towards Service
Oriented Architectures rooted in emerging standards.
Prior to joining Cigital, Craig Miller was the North American CTO and
Global Chief Architect of Dimension Data (a $2.5 billion integration
firm), the CTO of Proxicom, and a Vice President and Chief Scientist
of SAIC. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University
of Virginia. In 1997 he was awarded a gold medal by the Smithsonian
Institution for "Heroic Achievement in Information Technology."
Vice Char, IASA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Board Member, NOVAJUG