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UNITN  International Conference on Service Oriented Computing

The First International Conference on Service Oriented Computing
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The New Computing Paradigm for the Networked World
December 15-18, 2003
Trento - Italy


Theme and Objectives
Today we are experiencing a major paradigm shift in the way that software applications are designed, architected, delivered and consumed. Service Oriented Computing (SOC) is the new emerging paradigm for distributed computing and e-business processing that has evolved from object-oriented and component computing to enable building agile networks of collaborating business applications distributed within and across organizational boundaries.

Services are autonomous platform-independent computational elements that can be described, published, discovered, orchestrated and programmed using XML artifacts for the purpose of developing massively distributed interoperable applications.

The application of the service-oriented computing model to Web resources to provide a loosely coupled model for distributed processing is manifested by Web services.

Services are more than just software components; their platform neutral and self-describing nature and particularly their ability to enable business.

Combined with recent developments in the area of distributed systems, workflow management systems, business protocols and languages, services can provide the automated support needed for e-business integration both at the data and business logic level. They also provide a sound support framework for developing complex business transaction sequences and business collaboration applications.

Adopting the service oriented computing paradigm has the potential to bring about reduced programming complexity and costs, lower maintenance costs, faster time-to-market, new revenue streams and improved operational efficiency.

However, before the service oriented computing paradigm becomes reality, there is a number of challenging issues that need to be addressed including among other things service modeling and design methodologies, architectural approaches, service development, deployment and composition, programming and evolution of services and their supporting technologies and infrastructure.

This conference aims to bring together researchers and developers from diverse areas of computing and developers to explore and address these challenging research issues in order to develop a common research agenda and vision for service oriented computing.