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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

Coming Up -- Connectivity in Action!

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The foundation of any SOA effort is the connectivity underneath that brings together all the IT resources needed to bear. On June 4, ebizQ will presenting the next in its series of virtual conferences, "Connectivity in Action."

Enterprise connectivity is almost synonymous with MQ, the backbone from IBM that almost single-handedly created this market. In fact, the occasion for this conference is the 15th birthday of MQ.

As IT veterans may recall, the early 1990s were heady days when systems designers just started out figuring ways to integrate the proliferations of different vendors' platforms that were proliferating. In those days, I was director of an international management association, and we ran our operations off two systems -- and IBM S/36 midrange for membership and product sales files and reports, and a Novell-based PC network for special projects and conference management. Our managers had two screens and keyboards for two separate systems at their desks. The world has come a long way since then, of course. If I still ran the association today, it would be extremely virtual.

Of course, my challenge was relatively tame compared to many large organizations that have multiple back-end systems and hundreds, if not thousands of applications scattered across their enterprises. For these companies, MQ provided a way to weave this fabric together. That's why it's only appropriate that we hear from IBM's MQ gurus to start the day. In a panel discussion, IBM's Dermot Flaherty, Ben Mann, Andrew Bainbridge, and Morag Hughson will discuss the technical issues around enterprise messaging.

The panel discussion will be followed by Larry Fulton, senior analyst at Forrester, who will examine the steps required to build a modern SOA infrastructure and will discuss how to integrate assets with the right Quality of Service to match business needs while addressing scalability, transactional integrity, low latency, Web 2.0 technology, and much more.

Ben Mann, Worldwide WebSphere MQ Product Manager, will discuss the future of WebSphere MQ, as well as issues when connecting wide-ranging assets, such as qualities of service, heterogeneous platforms, and application support.

Marc-Thomas Schmidt, distinguished engineer with IBM, will talk about the MQ-ESB connection, and will describe the demands for a federated model and how governance, security, and management will be required to build a successful federated model.

The conference will wrap up with a customer panel discussion, featuring the senior technical managers of Nationwide Insurance, Department of Massachusetts, and the New York Power Authority. Panelists will describe the types of connectivity solutions these organizations have deployed, what they learned along the way, what obstacles they encountered and how they overcame them, and what they consider the most critical success factors were.

Be sure to check in on June 4 for ebizQ's Connectivity in Action virtual conference.

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In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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