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Service Oriented Architecture: How Reusing Legacy Software is Actually the Future


Service Oriented Architecture: How Reusing Legacy Software is Actually the Future

Regarding the software industry and its years of legacy, there has been
  a recurring theme that keeps asserting its head over and over again:
  reusing already battle-tested software is preferable to writing new
  software.  How can we do a better job of reusing legacy software?
  Hewlett-Packard wrote a book in 1992 that states 1) projects created
  primarily from reused software experience only about 1/3 the defect
  density of those that are new and 2) projects created primarily from
  reused software take about 1/4 the time and resources of those that are
  new. In this presentation, Curt discusses wires, binary, spaghetti
  languages, structured programming, objects, how to run your legacy IT
  shop like a start-up and why service oriented architecture is the next
  wave of re-usability. He will explain how SOA allows you to innovate not
  just your products and services but even your business models.
  Attendees will learn how to create new ways of selling that the IT
  hairball would have previously made impossible.  Without destroying the
  value that exists in your legacy applications, you can, in fact, unleash
  it – thereby getting your IT shop to be as agile as a Silicon Valley

About the speaker:

Curt Finch is a pioneer in time and project management technology. In 1997, he created the world's first web-based timesheet application – the foundation for both Journyx Timesheet and Journyx ProjectXecute. He has managed development teams creating enterprise-level software solutions since 1985. In 1992, he led the team porting Tivoli's product line to the AIX operating system, which resulted in the company's acquisition by IBM. As a member of the executive team, Curt helped launch TKG, a venture-backed firm that grew to 50 employees and $7.5 million in sales by the time he left.

Curt has a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and has published articles on business and technology in such publications as the Austin Business Journal, Paytech Magazine, PROJECT Magazine, the DM Review, Accounting Software 411, TechNewsWorld and the ECommerce Times. He is the author of All Your Money Won't Another Minute Buy: Valuing Time as a Business Resource , and is currently working on his second book on project execution.