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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

Webinar: 'Leadership is SOA Rocket Fuel'

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"Leadership is SOA rocket fuel."

That's the overriding theme of ebizQ's latest Webcast on SOA transformation, in which I was joined by Software AG's Miko Matsumura and Jignesh Shah, authors of SOA Adoption for Dummies.

I will be providing analysis and a transcript of the event in short order, but in the meantime, ITWorld Canada's Kathleen Lau did a great job of summarizing the highlights of our discussion.

In the spirit of the book, a lot of our analogies were drawn from the space program. Miko pointed out that a big-picture perspective is a must for an SOA implementation, much like NASA's goal of landing on the moon was not merely about the technology, but the United States as a country. And, as happened with the space program, organizations need inspired leadership to move forward with SOA, just as President John Kennedy provided the impetus to get to the moon within a decades' time.

As you will see in Kathleen Lau's article, Miko, Jignish, and I were also in agreement that the current rough-and-tumble economy shouldn't cause organizations to back away from service orienting -- rather, there's never been a better time to start the transformative initiative. As Miko put it: "Downturn is actually the perfect time to invest because you are separating yourself from your competition."

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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