Data Modeling and Data Management in a SOA Environment: A Case Study

This presentation will describe a three-year journey to re-platform the core transactional systems of a $2.8 billion company using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as the data integration layer, and the contributions the Data Management team was able to make and techniques we used along with lessons learned.

SOA is delivering on its promise of integrating loosely coupled distributed systems using prescribed interfaces, and rapidly developing new business functionality from shared services. SOA initiatives tend to focus on the software development aspects. But the real core of a SOA ecosystem is the data, and representation of the data in an application-neutral way (or canonical form) to facilitate its movement between services and systems, usually as XML. SOA moves data integration challenges, historically encountered in data warehousing, upstream to the operational realm. This makes all the data management disciplines that grew out of warehouse experience enormously relevant to SOA projects, yet too often data management is unfortunately and irrationally sidelined. If you have mature data management practices in your company this need not be the case.


Just email your name and the meeting date to [masked] by 8pm on Sunday, May 18, 2014 so we can finalize our meal count. If you do preregister and discover you won't be able to attend, please let us know in the same fashion. While we will accept people at the door and late preregistrations, without a preregistration by the cutoff time we can't guarantee you a meal.


Free for current DAMA New England members. $20 for non-members. Meal is included. 
Note: if you become a member or renew an expired membership at or before the meeting, there's no charge for the meeting.

Participants should gain an understanding of Data Management's role in the SOA world and some specific notions of how to insert yourself into SOA projects to help make them successful.

Who should attend:

- Business Analysts

- Data Architects

- Data Governance Practitioners

- Data Managers

- Data Modelers

- Data Quality Practitioners

- Enterprise Data Architects

- IT Managers

- Master Data Management Practitioners

- Metadata and Taxonomy Management Practitioners

- SOA Architects

You'll learn:

- a brief primer on key SOA concepts and methods

- some of the assets data management practitioners can bring to the SOA table and use as levers to be integral participants

- how SOA governance and data governance intersect

- the challenges of integrating XML schema documentation into an RDBMS managed metadata environment

- and more of our specific experiences, with successes and frustrations given equal treatment.

Speaker Biography:

John Biderman has over 25 years of experience in application development, database modeling, systems integration, and enterprise information architecture. He has consulted to Fortune 500 clients in the US, UK, and Asia. At Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (a New England-based not-for-profit health plan) he leads major application development and systems integration projects related to platform modernization and implementation of national health care reform, while having responsibility for data architecture, data integration, logical data modeling, metadata capture, architecture standards and policies, data quality interventions, and engaging the business in data stewardship processes.

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  • SMBurk

    Excellent presentation and discussion! About 30 attendees. Time well spent! If you missed it, John will be presenting it again in Hartford on June 9th!

    May 20

  • Rohan B.

    Can people do skype conferences at the time of meet up as I am not able to physically come there?

    April 11

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