Increasing Business and IT agility with SOA and Microsoft

Posted: October 30, 2007  |  Categories: Microsoft SOA and BPM Conference 2007 SOA Uncategorized

Increasing Business and IT agility with SOA and Microsoft by Kris Horrocks, who went into offerings by Microsoft on SOA. Here are some blurts from this session.

Focus business and technology model and its friction points. These points are:

Focus document exchange in the business and inward technology driven view like EAI (contract and messages by different systems) that deliver solutions that impose constraints to the business and business siloed IT.

Reducing friction by soften up boundaries. Shared semantics, definitions in technology and business model through service model. Business focus on service and technology focus on contract. Business services compose processes and technology deliver services.

Portfolio on

  • Business architecture
  • IT architecture and strategy
  • Solution architecture
  • SOA to succeed:

    Start with business need;
    – Now the it here and now
    Key benefit is business agility;
    – Service reuse is upside
    Focus on time to value;
    – Plan, but don’t boil the ocean
    Deliver business value in iterations;
    – Grow your capabilities
    Expect and design for change;

    Microsoft Resources:

    Business architecture
    – Microsoft Services Business Architecture (MSBA)(previously motion) See also channel 9!!!

    IT architecture and strategy
    – Application Platform Optimization
    – Core Infrastructure
    – Assessments & Roadmaps
    – Reference Architecture

    Solution architecture and delivery
    – Application Platform
    – Patterns and Practices
    – Industry frameworks
    – Business Process Alliance

    Kris went into some of these resources. First off MSBA then technical reference architecture (service implementation, service consumption and service administration) and SOA platform capability model.

    SOA for transaction and interation


    Expose : Existing systems
    Compose: BP integration, Automation and optimization, information integration
    (SOA as mechanism to transact)

    Compliance and evolution, cost justified, CFO/CIO driven

    Between A and B : Standards based interoperability


    Compose: User experience and interaction, people using content, BI, Collaboration and Communication

    Consume: User directed
    (SOA as mechanism to interact)

    Business innovation, value justified, LOB Manager driven

    Plotting product portfolio as services on model expose/compose/consume

    Application platform for compose:


    SharePoint Services, .NET CF, ASP.NET/AJAX, Silverlight, WPF
    SharePoint Server & Live Communication Server
    SharePoint Server, WF, CAB


    BizTalk Server, WF
    SQL Server
    BizTalk Server Windows WCF
    BizTalk Server WCF

    Across model:

    Active Directory
    System Center, MOF, Patterns
    Visual Studio, Patterns & Practices, MSF


    Key value of SOA
    Create Roadmaps
    – Business strategy
    – IT strategy
    – Solution Delivery
    Solutions deliver business value
    SOA capabilities

    So a bit blurry, but if one views the slides which hopefully will be available soon, it will all be very clear.


    Author: Steef-Jan Wiggers

    Steef-Jan Wiggers is all in on Microsoft Azure, Integration, and Data Science. He has over 15 years’ experience in a wide variety of scenarios such as custom .NET solution development, overseeing large enterprise integrations, building web services, managing projects, designing web services, experimenting with data, SQL Server database administration, and consulting. Steef-Jan loves challenges in the Microsoft playing field combining it with his domain knowledge in energy, utility, banking, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, (local) government, bio-sciences, retail, travel, and logistics. He is very active in the community as a blogger, TechNet Wiki author, book author, and global public speaker. For these efforts, Microsoft has recognized him a Microsoft MVP for the past 8 years.


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