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Toufic Boubez to Explore Role of Policy in SOA Governance at SOA World Conference & Expo

The new contract abstraction for SOA

The original goal of the service-oriented architecture (SOA) concept was to build flexible, loosely coupled systems. But any two components in a system that communicate with each other are coupled to a certain extent. As architects, our aim in deploying real world SOAs is to lessen that coupling between components. That means removing or lessening the runtime dependencies between them. These two tenets of SOA, however, loose coupling and distributed resources, are a double-edged sword: along with the potential for much greater IT flexibility and business agility, they bring the potential for harder oversight. This talk will introduce the concept of policy-driven SOA and discuss policy, its role in SOA governance, and the WS-Policy specification as the new contract abstraction for SOA.

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Speaker Bio:
Toufic Boubez is the co-founder and CTO of Layer 7 Technologies. Prior to co-founding Layer 7 Technologies, he was the chief Web services architect for IBM's Software Group and drove their early XML and Web services strategies. Toufic co-authored the original UDDI API specification. He’s the co-editor of the W3C WS-Policy specification, and is a co-author of the WS-Trust, WS-SecureConversation, and WS-Federation specifications. Toufic is a sought-after presenter and has chaired XML and Web services conferences. In 2002, InfoWorld named Toufic to its “Ones to Watch” list. An author of many publications, one of his most recent books is "Building Web Services with Java: Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI."

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