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Beginning an SOA Initiative



Ian Robinson on what organizational and social issues should be addressed when starting a new SOA project by identifying business capabilities using user stories, describing services and their contracts, and how to set up teams for delivery.


Ian Robinson ( is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, where he specializes in the design and delivery of service-oriented and distributed systems. He has written guidance for Microsoft on implementing integration patterns,and has published articles, most recently in The ThoughtWorks Anthology. He is currently co-authoring a book on Web-friendly enterprise integration.

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Dec 01, 2009

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  • Great presentation

    by Srikanth Shreenivas,

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    Really insightful presentation on how to go about on SOA consulting projects, and what are some of the techniques that can help in building a picture of business capabilities that the current systems are delivering and what are the areas that are critical for business but that are not sufficiently met by current systems. Ian also shares the real world perspective by explaining some of the challenges one has to face in these consulting engagements. Thanks for great presentation.

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