Join Burton Group’s Application Platform team at live in-person events this month and next. We look forward to collaborating with you during educational opportunities focused on Service-orientation and Cloud.Upcoming events include:
- IASA IT Architect Regional Conference 2009, February 25-26, 2009
- SD West 2009, March 11-12, 2009
- Catalyst North America 2009, July 27-31, 1009
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Full-day SOA Assesssment, Planning and Reference Architecture Workshop
Are you ready for SOA? Where should you start? How will you specify actionable steps that will move your organization away from project silos and towards a service-oriented mindset? What projects will bring you the most benefit? What areas of your organization, architecture, infrastructure, or development practices need the most work? This workshop provides guidance and practical advice to help an organization conduct a successful SOA initiative. Every SOA initiative should start with a self-assessment to gauge the organization’s readiness for SOA and to recognize areas that need improvement, identify opportunities, and establish priorities. Once you know where you are, you can then plan a course to get to where you want to go. The workshop will describe the following tools that can be used to define and guide your SOA initiative:
- SOA maturity model framework
- Assessment surveys
- Recommendation templates
- Sample initiative roadmaps
Every SOA initiative should start with a readiness assessment and continuously track progress towards goals. This workshop will give you the tools you need to do so:
- What aspects of the organization should be evaluated?
- How do you measure readiness?
- How do you establish priorities?
- How do you increase organizational maturity?
- How do you measure maturity and demonstrate business value?
You’ve been tasked with designing a SOA infrastructure. Where do you start? What infrastructure technology components must be procured? How will you host services? How will you control access to them? How will you manage them and ensure that service-level agreements are met? How will you ensure that services are properly secured and instrumented? The afternoon workshop session will examine the requirements of a SOA infrastructure from a functional perspective and will discuss the various alternatives available to address those functional requirements. It will provide candid feature/benefit analysis of the various types of products, and discuss methods for upgrading your existing middleware environment.
- Is an ESB a prerequisite for SOA?
- What value does a BPEL engine provide?
- How do you support both SOAP and REST?
- What mechanisms are available to track SLAs and pinpoint failures in the system?
- When is it appropriate to use an XML gateway?
- Is a registry really necessary?
- What aspects of governance aren’t optional?
Presentation: Cloud Now: Infrastructure, Architecture, Service Providers, and Cloud Composition Patterns
The Cloud focuses on re-creating IT into a more efficient and productive delivery organization by implementing cloud principles, infrastructure technology, architecture and composition patterns, and business models. In this presentation, Chris Haddad, Vice President of Burton Group’s Application Platform team, will illustrate principles shaping the Cloud and how organizations adopting Cloud capabilities and composition patterns must navigate through competing tailwinds and headwinds to achieve business benefit and value. The session will answer the following questions:
- What principles shape the Cloud?
- Is the Cloud a business model, a set of technologies, or an IT delivery mechanism?
- What benefits, risks, and value may organizations derive from the Cloud?
- What is the Cloud’s impact on application architecture and infrastructure?
- Who are the players delivering cloud infrastructure and services?
- How should organizations adopt the Cloud?
- When is Cloud the quickest path to deployment and business value?
The Cloud focuses on re-creating IT into a more efficient and productive delivery organization by implementing cloud principles, emerging infrastructure technology, architecture and composition patterns, and business models. In this presentation, Chris Haddad will illustrate principles shaping the Cloud and how organizations adopting Cloud capabilities and composition patterns must navigate through competing tailwinds and headwinds to achieve business benefit and value. The session explores the Cloud’s impact on business models, application architecture, and IT infrastructure.
Location: Santa Clara, California
Burton Group will lead the following sessions:
- Cloud Now: Infrastructure, Architecture, Service Providers, and Cloud Composition Patterns
- Cloud Application Architecture: Re-Building Applications for the Cloud
- Panel Moderator: “The New App Server Frontier”
Presentation: Cloud Application Architecture: Re-Building Applications for the Cloud
The Cloud promises to bring infinite scalability, unlimited availability, and increased responsiveness. Can applications realize cloud benefits through a simple off-premise server migration? Does Cloud require developers to re-write applications or port applications to proprietary Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments? In this presentation, Chris Haddad, Vice President of Burton Group’s Application Platform team, will detail cloud application architecture patterns, cloud application frameworks, portability and migration strategies, and deployment topology considerations.
The session will answer the following questions:
- How does Cloud Application Architecture compare to web application, client-server, and desktop architectures?
- When is Cloud Application Architecture the appropriate choice?
- What application frameworks and development environments should teams use to build Cloud applications?
- What architecture roadmap should be chosen to make applications Cloud ready?
Location: San Diego, California
Application Platform-centric Catalyst Workshops include ‘REST Easy’, ‘Improving the Software Development Process’, and ‘Building Applications for Deployment in the Cloud’.