Voices at Impact: Interview with Farmers Insurance Group
Shaku Selvakumar 060001XT47 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ibmimpact soa governance esb ibm
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Here’s a cool interview with Ashish Agarwal, SOA Data Architect from Farmers Insurance Group.
Where are you coming from and what is your role within your organization?
I work as a member of global panel of architects that sets the guidelines for SOA initiatives in Zurich and Farmers, along with Service design/modeling guidelines, harvesting canonical models, and overall SOA governance.
What are some of the business pains your company faces and what kind of information are you seeking at Impact?
We definitely have integration challenges within our companies for the newly acquired 21st Century unit. In our SOA journey, we are reasonably matured from a design and ESB Solution perspective. I would like to see more information on how companies are maturing on their Service Registry and Service Repository and overall SOA governance. I am also looking for insurance industry specific cases studies.
Is this your first Impact
What were some of your favorite sessions?
Keynote address by IBM/Ford/Kaiser was good. Ford Motor Company session on global SOA program was good, popular too with lot of participation. There were few sessions on Insurance Industry solutions- Balancing the scales, Texas farm bureau case study, ACORD session on Insurance flexibility using standards- those were good too.
Will you recommend Impact as a conference to attend to your colleagues?
I will highly recommend Impact. I think it is a great forum to connect with Industry practitioners. Some of the sessions are very informative and relevant to the work we are doing in SOA.
Ashish, thank you for your time and so happy that you had a great Impact experience. We look forward to seeing you at Impact 2011, April 10 – 15.
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