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Service-oriented architecture and data integration basics, with expert Rick Sherman

Listen to a podcast about data integration in a service-oriented architecture (SOA), learn about "data as a service" and get tips for evaluating data integration technology.

Service oriented architecture (SOA) is being touted as a game-changing technology trend. This architectural approach is gaining popularity because it can help improve business agility by loosely-coupling applications, using Web services or other methods.

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Rick Sherman, Athena-IT Solutions

But how will data integration change with the advent of a service-oriented architecture? Where will data live in a service-oriented architecture? What kinds of data integration services should be part of a solid service-oriented architecture? And how can organizations ensure that the data integration investments they make today will be viable when the time comes to implement a service-oriented architecture? To get some answers, SearchDataManagement called on expert contributor Rick Sherman.

In this 15-minute podcast, appropriate for both business and technical users, listeners will:

  • Learn more about the benefits of "data as a service" (also known as "information as a service"), hear how data integration fits into a SOA and listen to real world examples that put these concepts into context
  • Find out why Sherman makes a distinction between data services and data integration services and learn how he defines these terms
  • Hear about how to prepare any size organization for a future SOA project (even if it's a long way off)
  • Get advice about how to evaluate data integration platforms with SOA in mind and hear tips for developing your SOA strategy

 

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About the expert: Rick Sherman has more than 20 years of business intelligence and data warehousing experience and has worked on more than 50 implementations as an independent consultant and as a director/practice leader at a Big Five accounting firm. Sherman is the founder of Athena IT Solutions, a Stow, Mass.-based business intelligence consulting firm specializing in assessment and training services. To learn more, please email Rick Sherman, check out his Data Doghouse blog or read his regular columns on SearchDataManagement.com.


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