Impact 2008: Impressions of Day 2

Day two is in the bag, the B52’s are B-50-done. Perficient and MTS Allstream gave a session about SOA Patterns that I thought was today but was actually yesterday. Oops. Here’s the abstract if you have a time machine:

TSP-2518 – Effectively selecting integration patterns
Brent Legris, Perficient, Inc., Senior Technical Architect, Olivera Zatezalo, MTS Allstream Inc., Sr Manager, Integration, BT&IT

The foundation of knowledge that rests beneath service oriented architecture (SOA) encompasses a myriad of integration patterns not only messaging, enterprise service bus and orchestration, but shared databases, ETL, operational data stores, and others. Effectively selecting between integration patterns is a critical capability to develop as your SOA evolves, in order to avoid running around with a hammer thinking everything is a nail. This session interactively develops various integration scenarios, discussing pattern alternatives and their effective implementation. We will discuss the tradeoffs of different approaches, but close with guidelines that can be consistently followed to exploit the capabilities of an enterprise infrastructure.

Level: Intermediate

What I like about this presentation is that it’s about patterns and decisions and trade-offs, but primarily focuses on WebSphere Integration Developer and WebSphere Process Server. I like it when patterns come ‘out from the mist’ and you actually see them implemented in a system. I’m a developer at heart. Hopefully the presentation slides will be made available on the Impact site.

The other thing I heard a lot about was WebSphere sMash the IBM commercialized, supported version of Project Zero.

As for other impressions of Day 2, I don’t really have any. It seemed like a normal day at a conference in Vegas to me.

Author: dan

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