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March 17, 2008

IT Forum on March 28th

Filed under: Data Mashup — Alena Semeshko @ 4:54 am

Western Michigan University I.T. Forum to take place on March 28 forum at WMU’s Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo.

The forum will focus on the latest trends in Service-oriented architecture (SOA), Software as a Service, SaaS and the hosted systems is offers, and mashups, unifying internal and external data sources.

“Every business is using technology in some way,” Thomas Rienzo (who heads this year’s Western Michigan University I.T. Forum) said. “Every job is a tech job in some way. The question is, how do you do it? We’re hoping to provide some insight.”

David King, software architect for IBM, will propose how properly done service-oriented architecture can deliver more, deliver it faster and do it for less.

Ross Emerton, director of Fusion Solution Architecture of Oracle Consulting, will explain mashups.

Adam Caplan, president of Model Metrics, the largest Salesforce.com partner in metropolitan Chicago, will talk about the role of Software as a Service and its impact on business.

SaaS involves hosted systems - that is, the servers that power it live somewhere other than at the business for which they work. Having the hardware and the data offsite alleviates many of the maintenance headaches, but it also demands high trust, Rienzo noted.

You can register in advance at www.cis.hcob.wmich.edu/itforum, or by phone at 269-387-5410. Registration also will be taken at the door, beginning at 8 a.m.

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