The Architecture Journal
May 2009
SOA Call for Papers

May 2009
 
SOA Keys for Success
Call for Papers
The 21st issue of the Architecture Journal will be devoted to SOA Keys for Success.

While Cloud, Utility, and Green Computing trends emerge as probable candidates for the top of the enterprise IT agenda for the next decade, SOA undoubtedly has been the priority during this decade, and particularly during these five last years.

The initial appeal of SOA came when the industry acknowledged how standards such as XML Web Services easily achieved decoupled levels of integration that were unseen on previous, complex attempts such as CORBA.

Then came the SOA rush, and a growing number of companies embarked on SOA projects while Web Services standards continued to evolve in order to close the gap in security, reliable messaging, and transactional integrity.

Some years later, we can confirm that SOA has accomplished its promise of interoperability. But where SOA practitioners probably will disagree is on the total cost of ownership of this kind of project. We might find as many successful stories (on time, on budget, and straightforward) as not-so-successful stories (more expensive than projected, unforeseeable complexity, and so on).

What are the factors that make the difference? We are calling for articles on:

SOA practices. Which ones determine the success—or failure—of a project?
SOA governance. Running, monitoring, versioning: How better to serve services?
To ESB or not to ESB. Angel or demon? When to consider it a fundamental piece? What about it should you get rid of?
From object to services. Considerations to guarantee separation of concerns after shifting paradigms.
Enhanced SOA. How alternative, complementary approaches such as Event-Driven Architecture (EDA), REST protocols, service virtualization, and others are helping SOA traverse the last mile of integration.
SOA and The Cloud. What SaaS, S+S, and related emerging delivery models have to offer to an in-house SOA investment.

If you have ideas on these topics that you would like to share with the architecture community, this is your chance! To submit an idea for an article, please send the following before June 11, 2009:

• An abstract of between two and four paragraphs that explains what the reader will get from your article with regard to the "SOA Keys for Success" theme of the issue. If you like, you may submit on an alternative topic; we have published out-of-theme articles in the past. However, your chances of being selected might be lower.
• A bio of between one and two paragraphs.
• A list of your previously published articles, if any.

Submissions should be made via e-mail to archjrnl@microsoft.com (we receive many submissions for each issue, so we encourage you to put time and thought into your submission).

After the call for articles has ended, everyone who has submitted an idea will be notified via e-mail as to whether their submission was successful or not. If it is accepted, your article must follow this schedule:

June 17. Acceptance notified.
July 8. First draft (possibly unfinished) is due.
July 22. Final draft is due.*
September 5. Your article and the Journal are ready and published.

* We recommend that articles be between 2,500 and 3,500 words in length. We will ask you to sign a release form that gives Microsoft permission to reprint the article, although ownership of the article will remain with you.

For more information, check out this link or contact us at archjrnl@microsoft.com. Good luck!

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