Free Software Engineering Institute Webinar Introduces Decision Guidance for Service-Oriented Architecture

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Pittsburgh, Pa., January 31, 2011— Architectural decisions are design decisions that are difficult to make and costly to change. A free webinar from the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, presented by Olaf Zimmerman, a research staff member at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, introduces a novel architectural decision modeling framework called "Service-Oriented Architecture Decision Modeling" (SOAD). The webinar, Architectural Knowledge Management: Decision Guidance in Service-Oriented Architecture Design, will be held at 1:30 p.m. EST Thursday, February 10, 2011.

During the 60-minute webinar, Zimmermann will introduce a novel architectural decision modeling framework called Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Decision Modeling (SOAD). SOAD

  • repurposes architectural decisions from mere documentation artifacts to reusable design guides

  • distinguishes decisions required from decisions made to simplify decision capturing and reuse

A SOA design guidance model with more than 500 recurring decisions has been compiled with SOAD; this session will present selected excerpts from this model in the context of two SOA case studies from the finance and the telecommunications industries.

Zimmerman is presenting this SEI webinar in conjunction with his role as a theme leader for the SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2011 Conference, to be held at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel May 16-20, 2011. The conference will explore "7 things you need to know about the next 7 years in architecture." As a theme leader, Zimmerman has helped to shape the conference program on the topic of architectural knowledge management. Other topics to be covered at SATURN 2011 are architecture is not just for architects; architecture, agile development, and business agility; soft skills for architects; service-oriented architecture and cloud computing; architecting to meet today's global challenges; and model-driven architecture. For more information, visit the SEI website at www.sei.cmu.edu/saturn/2011/index.cfm.

For more information about the SEI Webinar Series, or to register for the Architectural Knowledge Management: Decision Guidance in Service-Oriented Architecture Design webinar, visit www.sei.cmu.edu/events/webinars/index.cfm.

About Zimmerman
Zimmermann's research interests are architectural knowledge management, service-oriented architecture design, and IT service delivery. He has educated practitioners around the world on emerging middleware technologies. In the beginning of his career, Zimmerman worked as a scientific consultant in the IBM European Networking Center (ENC) in Heidelberg, Germany, focusing on industry-specific middleware frameworks for systems and network management. He contributed to several IBM Redbooks including the first Redbook on Eclipse and Web services authored in 2001. He is an Open Group Distinguished Certified IT Architect and IBM Senior Certified IT Architect.

About the Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at www.sei.cmu.edu.

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