Last week, Joe McKendrick shared a long list of instances where SOA made a difference in 2008. He included an example of how SOA had been used to modernize government legacy systems, referencing a November story about a project involving both the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Government agencies are often the last to embrace new technology initiatives, but given SOA's potential for liberating legacy systems for new use and the tight economy, perhaps 2009 is the year to ask what SOA can do for government.
David Linthicum, a SOA consultant, certainly is an advocate for SOA as a viable government IT strategy, a case he made a few weeks ago on his Real World SOA blog at InfoWorld:
"The fact of the matter is that government has much to gain from SOA. The ability to reuse services intra- and inter-agency will save many millions a year on application development costs. However, the real prize is the ability to shift the architecture to adapt to new missions and agency objectives."Linthicum is following up on the post with a free, two-hour webinar, "Making SOA Work for the Government," scheduled for this Thursday, Jan. 8, from 2-4 p.m. EST.
Linthicum promises a "detailed step-by-step procedure" for shifting from the concept phase to finding a real business value for SOA. He'll also discuss special issues with implementing SOA for the government, such as government standards and using open source solutions.
The event is co-sponsored by Definitive Logic, a management consulting and systems engineering services company specializing in government work.
Linthicum is also offering a second, free webinar on Friday, this one titled "SOA by the Numbers." It begins at 2 p.m. EST, and runs for an hour. This webinar doesn't appear to have a sponsor, other than Linthicum. I have to say, he's promising a lot for an hour:
"In this Webinar I'll take the mystery out of SOA requirements, design, and implementation, not just by providing hype-driven concepts, but a step-by-step approach for building an SOA that works each and every time, no matter how complex or simplistic the problem domain, business issues, or technology solution."That's not a bad value, given that the event's free.