It’s official, registration for this year’s SOA & Business Process Conference is OPEN! As Mike hinted in his post, this year’s conference is one not to be missed. During 4 days of breakout sessions, chalk talk discussions, hands-on-labs, peer networking, social events, and interaction with the Microsoft product groups we will discuss both our current technology and business portfolio and examine the future of the industry and the Microsoft platform. Whether you are a developer, architect, or business decision maker we will have something for you with tracks spanning the full spectrum of technology, architecture, and business value topics. You can get the full scoop and register at and I’ve included some details below to get you started. Attached to this post is also an email invitation that you can use to invite others to the conference. Finally, there will be another post coming shortly with a call for sessions.

Looking forward to a great event and to seeing you there,



What you can expect:

  • Keynote Sessions by Senior Microsoft Executives and Technical Leaders

  • Over 60 Breakout and Chalk Talk Sessions

  • Hand-On-Labs

  • Customer Case-Studies & Roundtables

  • Birds of a Feather Reception

  • Ask The Experts Reception

  • Partner Expo

Sessions will be focused on four primary tracks:


Tools Track
The Tools track will provide details on the broad portfolio of SOA and business process tools and technologies available from Microsoft and its partner ecosystem. You can expect sessions on everything from the new designers coming in Visual Studio “Orcas” to the wide array of offerings from our SOA & Business Process Alliance partners. You will also see how to leverage new tools in BizTalk Server 2006 R2, Office System 2007, System Center, and others.

Solution Architecture Track
The Solution Architecture track will focus on the design and implementation of service oriented and business process solutions. We will provide best practices and proven patterns for handling challenges with many aspects of solution architecture including: data, identity, user experience, messaging, workflow, and rules. We will also focus on key capabilities such as service and process analysis and design, service enablement, service composition, process modeling, service instrumentation, service & process lifecycle management and others.

Infrastructure Architecture Track
The Infrastructure Architecture track will focus on the organizational and technical issues faced when planning and establishing service oriented and business process infrastructures in the enterprise. We will provide guidance and best practices on topics ranging from designing and implementing shared infrastructure for service and process management to overcoming cultural challenges when defining standard governance processes. We will also focus on key infrastructure capabilities such as service virtualization, SLA management, policy enforcement, service and process monitoring, governing service consumption and others.

Business Value Track
The Business Value track will focus on issues ranging from business capability analysis to establishing a SOA roadmap to defining metrics to measure your return on investment. We will provide case studies and guidance to ensure your SOA and business process initiatives demonstrate value quickly and stay focused on business goals. Whether you are a partner practice manager evaluating the business opportunity of SOA and business process or an enterprise decision maker evaluating the potential return on investment of your SOA and BPM initiatives, the Business Value track is for you.