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Saturday, October 28, 2006
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About a month ago, I had an opportunity to attend a 2 day SOA workshop that was held by Thomas Erl at the University of British Columbia,   Vancouver. Thomas, for those who do not know, is the best-selling author of "Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology and Design".

The mix of people in the class was interesting in that you had implementers, you had technology vendors and you had business executives who by their very involvement and questions brought a unique perspectives to the class. This in turn reinforced the fact that SOA, to be successful, is about the business and not about technology. Thomas did a nice balancing act in in addressing the various perspectives, which is not a trivial job!

The enjoyable thing for me was his balanced perspective that combined independent and vendor-neutral research on SOA with practical consulting experience. With the amount of hype that surrounds SOA these days, that is a much needed and important perspective.

The negatives? Two days is simply not enough to cover this topic in a great deal of depth (From what I understand he gives longer workshops as well). So when it got to some of the more interesting aspects, he had to punt, which was frustrating in some places. The other is more personal. I have been to some of the most beautiful cities in North America (San Francisco, Vancouver to name two) to attend conferences. The depressing thing is that the only beauty I got to see was looking out the window or the inside of a hotel! I have to plan these things better! :-)

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