SOA Consortium and CIO Magazine Announce Second Annual SOA Case Study Competition ; Contest open to organizations in all industries including government that have completed Successful SOA Projects

NEEDHAM & FRAMINGHAM – Mass. – May 12, 2009 – The SOA Consortium™ and CIO magazine are proud to announce the Second Annual Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Case Study Competition. The contest is open to organizations of all sizes, including government agencies, that have successfully delivered business or mission value using an SOA approach. For more information and to submit a case study, visit http://www.soa-consortium.org/contest-pr.

The goal of the SOA Case Study Contest is to highlight business success stories and lessons learned to provide proof points and insights for other organizations considering or pursuing SOA adoption. To qualify for the contest, the SOA project must be complete with demonstrated business results.

“The 2008 SOA Case Study Competition was a great success, with many excellent entries and some truly innovative winners. The response to the first competition showed that SOA is nearing mainstream acceptance and use,” said Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., executive director, SOA Consortium. “There are definitely some very mature SOA users out there, but there are still many lessons to be learned from this year’s case study winners.”

“IT executives are constantly looking for creative ways to manage costs while also driving greater business value,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, CIO magazine and events. “The SOA Case Study Competition is a way to share best practices and learn from one another. We’re proud to be associated with it.”

Entries will be judged on the complexity of the business problem addressed, the ROI/Business Value achieved (Agility/Innovation/Flexibility), the level and sophistication of the cross-organizational collaboration (Business/Technical), the usage of SOA approaches and supporting technology and lessons learned. In addition to one overall winner, organizations will be recognized by industry/government.

Judging Panel

An esteemed panel of experts will be judging the case study submissions. Panel members include:

* Claude R. Baudoin, IT and Knowledge Management Consultant

* Todd Biske, Senior IT Architect, Monsanto

* Burt Covnot, Senior Vice President – Enterprise Architecture, Bank of America

* Renee Fulton, Enterprise Systems Architect, Northrop Grumman Information Technology

* Judith Hurwitz, President & CEO, Hurwitz & Associates, LLC

* Brenda Michelson, Program Director, SOA Consortium and Principal Consultant, Elemental Links

* Maja Tibbling, Lead Enterprise Architecture, Con-way, Inc.

SOA Case Study Contest winners will be announced at the SOA Consortium meeting in September in San Antonio and will be featured on the SOA Consortium website and in a fall issue of CIO magazine and on CIO.com in September. Submissions will be accepted through June 26, 2009 .To submit your project to the SOA Case Study Contest and for full rules and guidance, visit http://www.soa-consortium.org/contest-pr.

About CIO

CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as creates opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes CIO.com, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT’s role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including two Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO websites and printed publications appear in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, India and Sweden. CIO Executive Programs—a series of face-to-face conferences including the CIO 100 Symposium & Awards™—provide educational and networking opportunities for pre-qualified corporate and government leaders. The CIO Executive Council is a member-led executive organization, consisting of current and future business leaders working to impact the intersection of business, technology and strategy. CIO, and sister brands Computerworld, CSO, Demo, InfoWorld, IT World and Industry Standard are produced by a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and event company. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About The SOA Consortium

The SOA Consortium is an advocacy group of end users, service providers and technology vendors committed to helping the Global 1000, major government agencies, and mid-market businesses successfully adopt Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) by 2010. SOA Consortium founding enterprise members include Fortune 200 companies in Financial Services, Travel, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecommunications. Sponsors are Cisco, HP, IBM Corporation, Layer 7 Technologies, MegaPractical, NEC Sphere, SPARX Systems and Sun Microsystems, Inc. Participants include Fortune 1000 corporations, major government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Any organization may join the SOA Consortium. The SOA Consortium is managed by OMG.

For more information, please visit http://www.soa-consortium.org/ or email info@soa-consortium.org.

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