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The SOA Magazine Issue XXXII September 2009

Emphasis on Next Generation SOA topics has resulted in a lot of sessions focused on service technology and practice innovation

This year's International SOA Symposium should be an event to remember. The emphasis on Next Generation SOA topics has resulted in a lot of sessions focused on service technology and practice innovation. The co-located Cloud Symposium not only ended up expanding the overall scope of the conference agenda, but also introduced new speakers from participating organizations, like Amazon and Google, who will be talking about their respective cloud platforms. This year also marks the incorporation of on-site working groups that will be actively meeting during the conference. The SOA Patterns Review Committee has a calendar of sessions scheduled during which over twenty candidate patterns will be reviewed in compliance with existing pattern shepherding procedures developed by the Hillside Group. And then, of course, there's the SOA Manifesto initiative, a working group in which I will be collaborating with a diverse group of top SOA experts with the intention of hashing out a definitive manifesto in time for an official announcement scheduled for the closing keynotes on the second conference day. What has been especially encouraging is the amount of industry support the symposium has received this year. There are almost twice as many sponsors as last year, which should make for a pretty big exhibitor's area. Additionally, several book publishers have stepped up to contribute hundreds of books for giveaway contests. Hope you can all make it to Rotterdam.

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More Stories By Jian Jeff Zhong

Mr. Zhong is Chief SOA Architect at Futrend Technology, Inc (http://www.futrend.com). In this capacity, he provides thought leadership, architecture guidance and hands-on implementation support for Futrend's federal clients in the areas of E-Government and mission critical systems' integration. He has been working in various architect roles for more than a decade and has extensive experience in software architecture, application architecture, enterprise architecture, security architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture. In the last ten years, he has been providing professional services to clients in the public sector such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy and the General Services Administration (GSA).

He is a Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (SCEA), and is certified in Architect, XML and ITIL from industry leaders such as Sun Microsystems, Oracle and IBM. Zhong earned his Masters of Science degree from University of Maryland College Park. He has had numerous articles published on Java EE, enterprise architecture, enterprise Single Sign-On, and XML related technologies.

Futrend Technology, Inc is a fast growing system integrator/consulting company specializing in major mission-critical federal business systems integration. Futrend has a proven track record in systems integration with major financial systems such as Oracle Financials, PeopleSoft Financials, Federal Financial System (FFS), and Momentum for federal agencies such as CMS, HHS, HUD, NIH, and Smithsonian Institution. For more information about Futrend's SOA practice, please visit http://www.futrend.com/soa.