John pointed out to me the Stats Canada Information Technology (IT) Conference 2007, April 4-5, 2007, Ottawa.
The conference is entirely about Enterprise Architecture and Service-Oriented Architecture,
including speakers from inside and outside of the Canadian government.
Among the new approaches, enterprise architecture has the objective of building a broad consensus within the IT community and among users. Having emerged in recent years as a central concept in the engineering of information systems, this architecture approach appears to result in a better organization of applications into discrete services.
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) promotes an approach where automation logic is partitioned into individual units (services) that are highly interoperable, but generic enough to fulfill both immediate and future automation requirements. The major benefits associated with a successful adoption of SOA typically begin with improving an organization’s ability to share data across disparate systems and establishing an architectural model that is increasingly independent of the enabling technologies. Services are deliberately positioned as highly reusable IT tools that can be exploited over a long period of time. The end result is an increase in an organization’s overall business responsiveness (agility).