Podcast: ESA and SOA trends with author Scott Campbell

Author Scott Campbell discusses ESA, SOA and the SAP jobs market in this podcast.

SAP has been making lots of news on the ESA (enterprise services architecture) and SOA (service oriented architecture)

fronts. SearchSAP.com interviewed Scott Campbell, co-author of the new book Mastering Enterprise SOA with SAP NetWeaver and mySAP ERP. Released in October, 2006, the book explores the fundamentals of enterprise SOA, identifies the main considerations for successful deployments, and reviews the many relevant tools and technologies in SAP NetWeaver. In this interview, Campbell, SAP Practice Manager with Austin, Tex.-based MomentumSI, a consulting organization specializing in SOA, addresses:


  • Common issues with SOA deployments
  • Best practices and advice for SOA projects
  • Why it's a good time to be in the SAP jobs market

  Trends in ESA and SOA with author Scott Campbell  

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  Program highlights  

  • (1:44) You say many IT organizations are not taking full advantage of the opportunities that enterprise SOA may offer them. Why do you think that is?

  • (2:48) Your book contends that the real value of enterprise SOA comes from the level of reuse of governed services and not from the number of services created and used. Can you explain this further?

  • (3:58) Can you offer any best practices or guidance for developing ESA roadmaps?

  • (6:20) What is 'applistructure'?

  • (8:00) How long will it take SOA to be the primary architectural approach employed by companies?

  • (8:58) Do you find a large ripple effect in technology trends?

  • (9:50) Why do business people need to be involved in IT projects?

  • (10:44) What is the best way to create bridges between IT executives and business people?

  • (11:55) What is your outlook on SAP jobs, in general? Any advice for how SAP professionals can best progress from the R/3 environment to NetWeaver?

      Program Links:  

  • SAP CEO: Two-thirds of customers will be on SOA by 2010 – December 5, 2006 : Kicking off its annual analyst event, Henning Kagermann said SAP is targeting the midmarket and bringing services-oriented architecture to its customer base.


  • Q&A: Breaking down SAP's ESA strategy – October 10, 2005: Understanding SAP's Enterprise Services Architecture message is the first step in transitioning a company to a services-based architecture. But many executives are still scratching their heads, according to Naeem Hashmi, chief research officer of Information Frameworks, an IT research and strategic consulting group in Londonderry, N.H.

  • Expert: SAP offers speed, but Oracle has more nimble approach to SOA: Interest in the service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach to software deployments continues to grow rapidly, and business applications giants Oracle and SAP are each vying for position at the forefront of the movement with two distinctly different SOA philosophies, according to one expert.

  • Expert: breaking into ESA: Expert Jon Reed discusses how outside experiences can be helpful for breaking into SAP and ESA.

  • Featured Topic: SAP's SOA commitment: SAP is focusing on its NetWeaver application platform while Oracle is building out a middleware package to support service oriented architectures.

  • Quiz: ESA, XI and the new era of integration: Need to get up to speed with ESA and SAP XI? These days it's important for all SAP professionals to understand SOA, the ESA initiative and also how SAP XI can work for you.

  • SAP jobs and certification expert: Change is good. It is also difficult sometimes. Our SAP career and certification expert Jon Reed is ready to answer your toughest career questions. For solutions to common career hurdles, browse our FAQ and see the advice for others in your situation.

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