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SOA experts, we’ve got ‘em

Pro wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper immortalized the words “Just when they think they’ve got the answers, I change the questions.”

Now we at are asking you to do the same thing, sort of. It won’t involve wearing a kilt or smashing a coconut over anyone’s skull. We just want you to ask some good questions.

We’ve recently revamped our site experts roster and we’re looking to put them through their paces. The way it works is you ask a question and we send the question off to an expert to get you an answer. It’s a fairly illustrious list of folks:

  • SOA standards and architecture – Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director at Burton Group
  • SOA governance and BPM – Sri Nagabhirava, founder and chief architect nLeague Services
  • SOA infrastructure – Dana Gardner, principal analyst Interarbor Solutions
  • RIA and enterprise mashups – Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst ZapThink
  • SOA testing and QA – Rami Jaamour, product manager of SOA solutions at Parasoft
  • Data services – Larry Fulton, senior analyst at Forrester Research
  • SOA development – Chris Haddad, vice president and service director at Burton Group

They’re already producing some top flight insight, like data integration best practices, where grid intersects SOA and the difference between WSDL 1.1 and 2.0. Yet good answers like that depend on good questions from the user community. We sift through heaping piles of “What’s the difference between an application server and a Web server?” (a perfectly legitimate question, but we answered it back in 2003) in order to get some of the top minds in the SOA space the best questions the user base can generate.

The process for submitting a question is simple. Just go to the topic where your question fits and click on “Pose a Question.” That will take you to a question submission form. After that, it’s as simple as typing in your query. Keep us busy. We like it that way.

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