My talk at Government Service Oriented Architecture conference

October 3, 2007

My talk at Government Service Oriented Architecture conference

I was invited to speak at a government SOA conference. I was asked to speak because of our team’s best selling book on the topic called Service Oriented Architecture for Dummies (published by Wiley last November).  I wasn’t sure what to expect. Does the government love Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)? So, here is what I found. There is tons of interest in the U.S. government. There were more than 300 people who attended my talk. What I found interesting is the difference between how a commercial user thinks about the Return on Investment from SOA and how someone in government thinks about this. It is quite different. A government agency not only has to get approval from the departments heads but from the congress as well! How do you prove to a bunch of legislators what a service oriented architecture is and how it will benefit the way services are offered to their constituents! No wonder we still have a vacuum tube based air traffic control system!

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Judith Hurwitz is an author, speaker and business technology consultant with decades of experience.

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