Microsoft Belux Architect Forum, April 15, Enterprise SOA/BPM



Dear Belux architect, here is your next Microsoft Belux Architect Forum!

The theme of this Forum is about increasing Business and IT Agility with SOA and BPM on the Microsoft platform.  Having hundreds (in some cases even thousands) of Webservices of all forms and shapes lying around in your enterprise probably causes lots of pains and frustration but does definitively not bring the benefits promised by SOA: Agility, Alignment and Reuse.  To obtain those benefits, capabilities must indeed be acquired that provide:
   control and visibility into your services at design time as well as
     run-time (AKA - SOA Governance)

o   ability to easily define, adapt and manage the business processes
     across those services (AKA Business Process Management)

During this forum, we will drill down into the exact nature of those capabilities and the value they bring to the enterprise, what the options are to provide those capabilities on the Microsoft platform (potentially extended with partner offerings) and - via open discussions -  do some positioning versus competing platform offerings.

Congrescentrum Lamot
Van Beethovenstraat 8/10
2800 Mechelen
Road description: click here

This Architect Forum is a free event (but definitely not worth nothing :-)) !

Register here

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
9:10 – 10:10 Changing the world with Software and Services
MS architectural strategy of "Software + Services" complements the nowadays popular vision of SaaS where basically browsers (running RIAs) connect to services only running in the cloud.  S+S enriches and complements this SaaS vision by leveraging local IT resources where this brings added value for the end-user. In this context MS pitches "Software  plus Services" instead of "Software versus Services".
Learn about the impact this model has on the application architecture of Software as well as Services and the impact for the IT organizations that are embracing this new model.
10:10 – 11:10 Increasing Business and IT Agility with SOA and Microsoft
Microsoft’s SOA and Business Process portfolio includes a broad array of offers spanning Business Strategy, IT Strategy, and Solution Delivery. This portfolio provides business managers, IT professionals, architects, and developers with the guidance, technologies, and tools for scoping, designing, building and maintaining SOA and Business Process strategies and solutions,

as well as the personal productivity software that enables business users to streamline and optimize business processes in a manner that increases productivity, lowers costs, and promotes organizational agility. This session will provide Microsoft’s perspective on the value and scope of SOA, its relationship to BPM, patterns for SOA success, and details on our business and technology portfolio.

11:10 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Gaining Control of Your SOA
Whether you’re just getting started with services-based applications or you’ve already deployed a SOA system, you’ll find that controlling these distributed, evolving applications is paramount. Without the right infrastructure in place, your ability

to ensure the performance and reliability of your SOA applications diminishes as your services network grows.

This session will define and discuss SOA Governance and explore areas such as design-time and runtime governance from a Microsoft perspective and distinguish between these. This session focuses on the  Microsoft end-to-end platform capabilities

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:40 Gaining Control of Your SOA: the Microsoft ecosystem
During this session, senior speakers from some of our main partners of the Business Process Alliance (like Amberpoint or SOA Software both in the Gartner Magical Quadrant for SOA Goverance Technology)  will bring insight about how their offering integrates with and extends upon the MS SOA Governance platform and as such are a key differentiator that complements Microsoft’s SOA Governance platform and tools.
14:40 – 15:40 Achieving Mainstream Adoption of BPM
Business Process Management, or BPM, is a great vision, but it has yet to reach mainstream adoption. In this presentation we cover Microsoft’s view on achieving the BPM vision pragmatically through discrete routes of adoption, collaborative process modeling, Microsoft’s business process platform (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, BizTalk Server 2006 R2, Windows Workflow Foundation), and the Microsoft’s Business Process Alliance, a strategic partner ecosystem targeting the Microsoft business process platform. Microsoft’s people-ready approach empowers organizations to rapidly build adaptive, mission-critical business process management solutions spanning people, systems, and organizations. This is not a technical session, but it provides useful guidance for those thinking about making investments in Business Process Management, either at an IT or business-side management level. In addition, it is useful for those in need of tools to communicate to their business counterparts and IT management on how to best approach a BPM initiative.
15:40 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Enabling Mainstream Adoption of BPM: the Microsoft ecosystem
During this session, senior speakers from some of our main partners of the Business Process Alliance (like K2 or MetaStorm both major players in the BPM area)  will bring insight about how their BPM offering integrates with and extends upon the MS BPM platform and as such are a key differentiator that complements Microsoft’s BPM platform and tools.

17:00 - 18:00


Closing drink and networking

Thomas Reimer
works at Microsoft in the role of an Enterprise Technology Strategist for Microsoft EMEA. His particular focus is the Microsoft Process Platform to deliver solutions for business process management, service orientation and application integration. Prior to joining Microsoft, Thomas held a management position at RESCO (Acando Group), a systems integrator, where he was responsible for a consulting team. Thomas has a strong background in Microsoft and other enterprise technologies like IBM and SAP. Thomas is based in Germany and holds a Master of Business Administration degree.

J.R. Arredondo
joined Microsoft in 2006 to help drive the initiatives of Business Process Management, Master Data Management, and Office as an Applications Platform, among others, within the Office Business Platform group.
Prior to Microsoft, he was Director of Corporate Development at BMC Software, leading M&A initiatives around J2EE and .NET Application Management, Database Performance Management, and other System Management areas. Passionate about innovation, he conceptualized and helped launch a new development model in the form of the Incubator Business Unit to drive organic innovation. Before BMC, he formed and led the team that built the software platform that enabled Compaq Computers to attack the E-Commerce market in the Americas, creating a new software architecture and a new business in a very short period of time. There, he also led the Enterprise Application Integration and Business Process Management efforts. Before Compaq, he was Director of Product Engineering at a startup creating Rapid Application Development tools and environments to help application developers and business analysts quickly create business applications. J.R. has a B.S. degree in Computer Science and an MBA, and is a Jones Scholar from the Jesse H. Jones School of Management at Rice University.

Senior speakers from SOA Governance and BPM partners of the Microsoft Business Process Alliance (like K2, Metastorm, Amberpoint, SOA Software TBD



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