Just had a hallway (okay, exhibit floor conversation) with Tom Black of Stanford University. They have ideas on embedded enrollment functions in several places: inside their LMS, available via iPhone applications and elsewhere. They would expose those enrollment functions as services then write to those services. Interesting. We also talked about orchestrating a flow, click on the drop button and you are passed to a short survey to see why you dropped.
This brought me back to the question in our session “Is SOA DOA?”. I was asked how you get business leaders to buy into the SOA change and how do you get campus consumers to agree to work on SOA solutions. Add to this the discussion with Karen Hanson, our Associate Registrar, on funding issues and how do we deal with costs of deploying SOA solutions.
It seems that there is a lot of interest in SOA in the Registrar’s world.
We may try to organize a meet-up after AACRAO in Chicago in April. We could have Registrars bring their Architects for discussion around uses of SOA and issues with implementing, supporting and governing SOA. It would also be good to hear their interesting Case Studies of how they are using SOA .
Things to follow-up on when I get home.