On May 22nd and 23rd  the New York chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA) held its first annual two-day IT Architect Regional Conference.  This event received the highest rating of any conference run by IASA to date.  It was considered so successful that we are already planning the 2009 version.

IASA is a vendor-neutral association of/for/by architects all over the world.  In addition to working for Microsoft I also run the New York chapter. The New York IASA chapter is one of the most successful IASA chapters in the United States. Sponsors of the event included Sun, Oracle, Microsoft and Robert Half.  Although this was a regional conference attendees came from as far away as Nashville Tennessee, Boston and Redmond Washington. 

The conference featured over 30 speakers from sponsor companies, the local architect community and others arranged in common keynote sessions and four breakout tracks (Enterprise Architecture, Software Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture and Architecture Fundamentals). 

Keynote speakers included presentations on:  Software Plus Services, presented by Joseph Williams, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Enterprise Services; Interesting Real-world Architectures and the Handbook of Software Architecture presented present by Grady Booch, Chief Scientist, IBM Corporation; The Next Generation SOA Grid--Not Your MOM's Bus, presented by David Chappell, Vice President and Chief Technologist, Oracle and Technology Strategy in the World, presented by Paul Preiss, President of IASA.  The Breakout sessions also featured many presentations by local architects from companies such as Bloomberg, Group Health, Hartford Insurance, Weightwatchers and Microsoft.  

For more information about the conference agenda see http://www.iasahome.org/web/itarc/nyc/agenda.

Bill