Pat joins blog space and enters the fray with
It's All in a Name: What's a Service?

As the TechEd Architecture Track is one of my major interests I’ll add that Pat will give key architecture track sessions in San Diego:

Metropolis: Envisioning the Service-Oriented Enterprise
Speaker(s): Pat Helland
Track(s): Architecture
Cities emerge one building at a time, but with the right planning codes the result can be more graceful and functional than anything one architect could conceive alone. Are services the cornerstone of information technology uniting old and new to the benefit of all? What will an organizational technology portfolio look like in ten years? How will advances in technology transform business and business processes? What are the key architectural patterns? What are the new limits? What do you set in motion today to anticipate the architecture of tomorrow? This session establishes the overall architectural metaphor "metropolis" that anchors this year's TechEd Architecture Track.

Metropolis: Building Applications in the Service-Oriented Enterprise
Speaker(s): Pat Helland
Track(s): Architecture
There are many interesting comparisons to draw between building design, construction, and rennovation and the lifecycle of solutions. In the same way buildings are remodeled to adapt to changing requirements, solutions will evolve. Learn how Services-Oriented applications can be architected, built, and enhanced to provide business value over the long term.

Metropolis: Using Information in the Service-Oriented Enterprise
Speaker(s): Pat Helland
Track(s): Architecture
Looking at the evolution of manufactured goods and the impact of standards on manufacturing, we can learn a lot about the standardization of structured data. As application semantics become increasingly standardized, it will be easier to integrate systems in a service-oriented enterprise. This session explains the changes that we see in data and the standardization of data as driven by the econmic forces in today's world

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