In celebration of the 7th year for the SATURN Conference, this year’s SATURN technical program is organized around “7 things you need to know about the next 7 years in architecture.” One of the themes we will explore at SATURN 2011 is service-oriented architecture and cloud computing. We have invited leading practitioners and industry experts to discuss their ideas and experiences on SOA and cloud computing.
Highlights include the following:
- Cloud computing is an emerging technology that is being increasingly adopted as a potential way to reduce IT expenses. However, cloud computing is a paradigm that can potentially extend an organization’s systems into an infrastructure that is outside of the organization’s total control. In Architectural Implications of Cloud Computing, the first talk in the SOA and Cloud Computing theme, Grace Lewis of the SEI will discuss the effect of cloud computing on a system’s quality attributes.
- SOA in no longer an emerging technology. People are starting to differentiate between service orientation as a paradigm for system architecture, design, development, deployment, and management and the technologies to implement this paradigm. This distinction underscores the fact that the concepts will endure even as technologies change over time. A presentation on Experimentation in the Use of Service Orientation in Resource-Constrained Environments will provide an example of how some of the web-service technologies were adapted to expose services in a tactical, resource-constrained environment.
- In addition, service-oriented systems are starting to extend beyond a single organization. Between 2005 and 2007, multiple surveys were conducted by organizations such as Forrester, Gartner, and IDC that showed that the top drivers for SOA adoption were mainly internally focused: application integration, data integration, and internal process improvement. This is changing. A recent survey published by Forrester shows that the number of organizations that are currently using SOA for external integration is approximately one third of the surveyed organizations. The presentation Dealing with the Complexities of a Global Service-Oriented Architecture, given by folks from Credit Suisse, one of the largest SOA implementations in the world, will focus on an approach to reducing the complexity of these multi-organizational service-oriented systems.
- An SEI course in Advanced Topics in Service-Oriented Architecture
- Two related tutorials: Service-Oriented Architectures for the REST of Us and Architecting the Cloud.