SOURCE: HR-XML Consortium, Inc.

August 14, 2007 09:00 ET

Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), Web Services, and Employee Benefits: HR-XML Announces Fall Educational Opportunities

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - August 14, 2007) - The HR-XML Consortium announced today its fall programming for those interested in the application of Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) and web services in the provision of employee benefit services. Highlights include a free Sept. 4 Webinar and sessions within HR-XML's Global Partnering and Integration Summit, Sept. 26-27, in Las Vegas.

"Bringing Web Services to Benefits Enrollment through WS-I's Reliable Secure Profile" is a free Webinar scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT. The Webinar will review the Web Services Interoperability Organization's Reliable Secure Profile (RSP) in meeting the requirements of reliability, security, and scale associated with large, complex, and consequential applications, such as managing employee benefits enrollment and eligibility. For more information and to register for this free Webinar, visit:

Those in the field of employee benefits services also will find a variety of sessions of interest at the HR-XML's Global Partnering and Integration Summit 2007, Sept. 26-28, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. The Summit is the indispensable event for time-pressed HR technologists and strategists to learn from the industry's innovators and to gain advice from peers and experts. For complete information, please visit Selected sessions are summarized below:

--  SOA and Health Plans: Driving Business Value through Application Agility,
    Rick Sweeney, Chief Architect, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. 
    Application agility is critical for health-care insurer Blue
    Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Inc. (BCBSMA) in creating and
    maintaining the services that its hundreds of trading partners and 2.9
    million members rely on. In this session, Rick Sweeney, Chief Architect,
    will explain why BCBSMA is embracing service oriented architecture (SOA)
    and related technologies for multi-partner interoperability.
--  Transformative Technologies: Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Results,
    Jonathan Mack, Senior Technical Architect, Guardian Life Insurance. 
    From serving as a representative of the world's largest staffing company on 
    HR-XML's original Staffing Industry Data Exchange Standards (SIDES)
    development team, to helping shape the enterprise architecture at
    1800Flowers, to his current role guiding a major reengineering project at
    Guardian Life Insurance, Jonathan Mack has gained a wealth of experience
    with transformative architectures and methodologies, including service
    oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM). In this
    session, Jonathan will draw on his rich and diverse experiences to share
    the best practices, tactics, and strategies you need to know.
--  Web Services and SOA: Impact Within the HCM Marketplace, 
    Karen Beaman, Jeitosa Group International; Kelvin Gray, Workday. 
    In this session, internationally renowned experts Karen Beaman, founder of 
    Jeitosa Group International, and Kelvin Gray of Workday will help you cut 
    through the hype with their perspectives about where web services and SOA 
    are making an impact and what challenges exist for the full realization of 
    benefits within the HCM marketplace.
--  SOA Success: Aligning Your Development Organization, 
    Jim Murphy, Vice President, Mindreef. 
    Much of the discussion about service oriented architecture (SOA) focuses on 
    tools, technologies, and architectural methodologies. Too often, adopters 
    fail to give sufficient attention to organizational dynamics required to 
    support a successful SOA initiative. In this session, Jim Murphy, Vice 
    President Product Management at Mindreef, a leading provider of SOA quality 
    and governance solutions, explains how most enterprises beginning a SOA 
    initiative soon realize that the biggest obstacles to success are 
    organizational, rather than technical.
--  Business Process Management (BPM): A Lynch Pin for Flexible Outsourcing and 
    David Shaffer, Sr. Director Product Management, Oracle Integration. 
    In this session, David Shaffer, Sr. Director Product Management, Oracle 
    Integration, will examine the business benefits of BPM
    (including case study examples), the current state and future directions of
    BPM solutions, and developments with underlying business process standards.

To register to attend or learn more about HR-XML's Global Partnering and Integration Summit 2007, please visit:

About HR-XML

The HR-XML Consortium, Inc. ( is the recognized authority on, and leading source of, global interoperability standards for human resources management. Membership within the HR-XML Consortium is open to HR professionals, vendors, consultants, and other users or providers of HR systems and services. For further information, visit

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Chuck Allen
    Director, HR-XML Consortium, Inc.
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