Social Networking for Those Who Can't Get Enough of Integration

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I still believe in social networking and the potential of Web 2.0 -- despite everything Facebook and MySpace have done to quell my initial enthusiasm.


So, in the spirit of Web 2.0 optimism, I'm passing along this announcement about the Integration Consortium's recent Web site revamp. Normally, this wouldn't be news, but in this case, they've added social networking features that allow you to connect with other IT pros based on your integration interests.


The catch is that you do have to join the consortium to participate. Corporate prices vary by earnings, but individual dues are $100.


Executive Director Leanne MacDonald said via e-mail that the new site will support networking by allowing members to create connection lists with other members and to search for other members using company name, first or last name, profession and location, among other options.


Starting this month, the Consortium will add smaller, more focused groups that allow members to connect based on their integration interests. Consortium Chair John Schmidt explained in the official announcement:

"It was created so that individuals with similar interests can easily exchange experiences and ideas related to all the specialties in the field of enterprise integration such as Service Oriented Architecture, Integration Competency Centers, Business Intelligence, Data Governance, Enterprise Architecture and middleware."

The Integration Consortium SOA group and ICC group will launch this month, MacDonald stated in an e-mail.


The previous site already offered a few blogs, but eventually, blogs will be supported within the smaller groups.


MacDonald said the site attracts visitors from nearly 50 countries. If you're curious about the site, you can sign up for a complimentary membership, which enables you to download a limited number of white papers and case studies and subscribe to the consortium's monthly Integrator Newsletter.


The Integration Consortium was launched in 2001 by integration industry leaders and is registered as a 501 (6)(C) non profit organization.