If you'd like to learn how service-oriented architecture can help with application integration, I've found a great deal for you. TechTarget is hosting a free virtual conference next week on the topic, and it features an impressive lineup of speakers.
OK. I know that sounds a little sales-y, but I swear I'm not on commission. I just get really excited about anything free that looks really intriguing. The lineup includes Dr. Chris Harding, who leads the SOA Working Group for the Open Group and who is the primary author of "The SOA Source Book." He'll discuss "Finding Flexible Approaches to SOA Governance."
SOA/data integration/cloud expert David Linthicum, the CTO of the Bick Group, will cover how you can make all three of those areas work together.
Analysts W. Roy Schulte of Gartner and Randy Heffner of Forrester Research will each give a keynote presentation. Shulte's topic is "Don't Build Yesterday's SOA," and Heffner will discuss "Extending Your SOA Foundation into an Effective Business Architecture."
Rounding out the day will be discussions on open source enterprise integration patterns and an expert panel on exposing mainframe applications with SOA, so, it looks like the topics will be concrete, rather than theoretical.
The event is scheduled for Oct. 5, which is next Tuesday, with a networking lounge and exhibit hall opening at 9:30 a.m. EDT. The first keynote begin at 10 and run every hour on the hour until the last one, at 3. You'll need to preregister - if you have a Bitpipe login, that's all you'll need - and it will run a system check to make sure you've got all the updates needed to run the conference. (I needed to install the new Firefox update, it turned out.) You'll receive the full schedule by e-mail after registration.
Although I'm notorious about forgetting virtual events, perhaps I'll see you there. No travel, no bad conference food, and lots of great information-it's really a no-brainer.