David, our local Microsoft Architecture Evangelist, will present tonight on Software Plus Services at IASA SoCal chapter meeting.
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Web 2.0, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and User Experience (UX) are among of the most prominent trends driving a new era in technology. Today's environment is marked by the commoditization and consumerization of technology, ubiquitous Internet connectivity, new and highly scalable monetization methods, collective edge intelligence, design-driven product development and more. These architectural trends are also driving a convergence of the Web and physical worlds, or the blurring boundaries between on-line and off-line. It underscores a shift from using web browsers on personal computers as the only way to connect on-line, to a model of personal computing where seamless, consistent, yet focused experiences are delivered via a variety of connected devices. Microsoft's unifying response to this new environment, the "Software plus Services" (S+S) strategy, is built around a simple principle – the future of technology will be a mix of Software and Services. This session explores the meaning of S+S, how it is relevant to our roles, and how it leverages and influences decisions at the architectural level.