Speeches, Presentations, and Webcasts

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Panel Discussion: Avoiding SOA Disillusionment, at ebizQ SOA in Action conference.

Moderated panel discussion on November 19, 2008. Members of the panel included David Bressler of Progress Software; Dr. Chris Harding of The Open Group; Chris Kraus of ITKO LISA, Jignesh Shah of Software AG; and Phil Wainewright, ebizQ's new cloud/SaaS guru and prolific ZDNet blogger. Summary here.

Keynote and panel presentations, at SOA Symposium, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Delivered closing keynote introducing "SOA Design Patterns," written by Thomas Erl; October 7, 2008. Participated in a panel on the efficacy of Enterprise Service Buses with David Chappell, Oracle; Brian Losegen, Neudesic; and Jim Webber, ThoughtWorks; Octiber 7, 2008. Led session on "From JBOWS (Just a Bunch of Web Services) to SOA: Where Are You on the Continuum?"

"SOA Reality Check” Power Panel, at Open World, San Francisco, CA.

Participated on a panel moderated by Eric Knorr, editor in chief for InfoWorld; along with David Linthicum, Managing Partner, ZapThink; Tony Baer, OnStrategies Principal Analyst; Dr. Chris Harding, Forum Director for SOA and Semantic Interoperability at The Open Group; and Thomas Morgan, Enterprise Architect, Autodesk; January 28, 2008. This panel explored the issues affecting SOA adoption among enterprises, as well as new technologies such as business process management tools, Web 2.0, mashups, and event-driven architecture.

The New Paradigm for Business Intelligence - Collaborative, User Centric, Process Embedded, moderator for presentations by Don Tapscott, author of WIKINOMICS: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, Lothar Schubert, director of solution marketing for SAP NetWeaver, and Katrina Coyle, BI team manager at Molson Canada, January 9, 2008. (Audio replay available here - Registration required.)

This Webcast explored how companies are shifting their BI deployments from a data-centric approach to a new and process-embedded paradigm that fosters informed, collaboration across and beyond corporate boundaries, empowering the business user within the context of daily business activities. Don Tapscott described how the latest wave of technology developments have transformed how individuals and corporations collaborate, innovate and create value, and how these deep changes impact business intelligence.

Roadmap to SOA - How to implement a Sucessful SOA Project, international keynote presentation at at SOA Kongress, Mainz, Germany, November 14, 2007.

Why do enterprises set out to build a Service Oriented Architecture, but end up with a "Service Averse Architecture"? There are many promises being made about the potential of SOA these days, followed by disillusionment as these promises don't pan out. However, SOA is more than a single IT project or even a series of implementations. Rather, SOA represents a long-term change in thinking and management of all aspects of the enterprise. SOA not only decomposes technology into loosely coupled systems, but also decomposes organizations into "loosely coupled businesses." But the success of SOA runs two ways. SOA serves as the catalyst for organizational change, yet an organization must be ready to embrace these new dimensions opened up by SOA.

This session explored the following:
• Why Service-Oriented-Architecture? Isn't this more vendor hype?
• Many owners – Who should take responsibility for what
• Crossing the threshold – from JBOWS (Just a Bunch of Web Services) to SOA
• Measuring success, one service at a time
• A look ahead – SOA (and its descendants) circa 2010, 2020

SOA and Web 2.0: Mashups, SaaS, and Collaboration: Putting the Pieces Together, moderator/participant for panel discussion presented at SOA in Action conference, October 30, 2007.(Audio replay available here; transcript available here.)

The trade press and analyst community have been abuzz with excitement over the potential of Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 -- broadly defined as applications or capabilities delivered over the network, such as Software as a Service and mashups, as well as collaborative tools such as blogs and wikis. SOA and Web 2.0 share common goals, and there is enormous potential for Web 2.0 to accelerate SOA efforts. But how do we connect the dots between Web 2.0 and SOA? SOA and SaaS, for example, share common frameworks. Then there's the enhanced collaboration SOA developers and architects can achieve as a result of Web 2.0 tools. Then there's the mashup scenario, in which end-users can build their own applications -- the ultimate vision of SOA. Finallly, front-end environments such a Ajax and other rich client interfaces may help extend the "last mile" of SOA to the desktop.

Panelists included:
• Phil Wainewright, Commentator & Strategist on emerging software industry trends
• Dana Gardner, President, Interarbor Solutions & noted commentator

Think Globally, Act Locally for SOA Security - Strategies for Securing Applications in an Insecure World, moderator for presentations by Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director of Burton Group, and Andrew Brown, director of security product strategy for AmberPoint, October 17, 2008. (Audio replay available here - Registration required.)

This Webcast explored how enterprises need to apply non-invasive, externalized security policy enforcement mechanisms consistently throughout their SOA ecosystems, while also centrally managing security policy. Organizations that have been successful in these efforts have adopted a policy-driven approach to SOA governance that enables them to "think globally" about security, while letting the system "act locally" to enforce policy.

Just a Bunch of Web Services or SOA? - A Reality Check, presented at SOA World East, New York, June 28, 2007. (Video replay available here.)

Anyone listening to or reading many of the vendor statements and pundit analysis these days can be forgiven if they think that SOA is pervasive across all organizations large and small. However, most complete SOA efforts are still few and far between. In most cases, organizations are wrestling with a spaghetti architecture of Web services. This session examined the results of recent survey data to get a picture of the progress of SOA in organizations, and work that still needs to be done.

This session explored the following:
• Web services runs wide, but not deep: For a number of years, Web services has seen widespread adoption across enterprises, but only for select applications.
• Reuse is gaining traction: The value seen in SOA is service reuse across more than one business unit; survey confirm that this is beginning to take place.
• The blurry line between JBOWS and SOA: The journey to SOA is a gradual process, most companies are in stages in between.

The World is Your Hard Disk! (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet), lecture on e-learning trends presented at Duquesne University, November 2005.

Are we becoming a global classroom, unencumbered by geography and national boundaries? Is this a good thing? Many teachers and trainers worry about the implications of such outsourcing. There are other issues that technology brings to the table as well. Is it possible that entire college years, or even K through 12 years, could be delivered electronically, without actual face-to-face contact? Are we losing more than gaining in the process? And, the big question, what exactly are we gaining or losing?

Securing Data at Rest: Developing a Database Encryption Strategy – Are the Threats Real? Webcast delivered to RSA Security customers; March 2002.

Microsoft Charges Ahead with New Products: Will Customers Follow? Webcast delivered to IDC customers; January 2002.

Emerging Technologies: Enterprise Development Breakthroughs and Barriers, delivered to attendees at Electronic Commerce World, Chicago, Ill.; October 2001.

Application to Application Integration, moderated panel discussion at Electronic Commerce World, Orlando, Fla.; October 2000.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet and the Web, delivered to Technology in the Classroom course, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.; fall semester 1996 – present.

Distance Learning Via the Internet, delivered to Illinois Association for Educational and Communications Technology; Napier, Ill.; December 1996.

Generating Publicity through Customer Surveys, delivered to International Association of Business Communicators, Long Island Chapter, at Hofstra University, September 1996.

An Investigation into the Teaching of Communications and Visual Literacy in Colleges of Business, presented to International Visual Literacy Association, Bloomington, Ill.; October 1990.

Secretarial Salaries: A Bright Future, presented to Professional Secretaries International (PSI), Philadelphia Chapter, Philadelphia, Pa.; September 1990.