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Beyond BPM: Using Goal-Seeking Agents to Tackle Highly-Complex SOA Applications

Beyond BPM: Using Goal-Seeking Agents to Tackle Highly-Complex SOA Applications

Solving complexity has been a continuing goal of application architects & developers since we started writing programs. While SOA techniques do a great job at standardizing the interface between systems and BPEL attempts to standardize the logic flow between services, they tend to break down when systems become overly complex and uncertainty is introduced into the system. An Agent-Oriented Goal-Seeking approach to building applications has been shown to reduce the complexity of building major real-world applications and to reduce total development time by up to 75%. Goal-seeking agents dynamically execute services based on goals, rules, and plans instead of traditional explicitly coded logic paths. As this session will show, Agent-Oriented development is backed by both cutting-edge computer-science research as well as real-world case studies. This session introduces goal-seeking agents and covers several case studies showing how they can be used to dramatically simplify complex programming situations and allow you to deliver applications faster.

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Steve Benfield is CTO of Agentis Software. A technology marketeer and strategist with 20 years of software entreprenuerism experience, he is both a gifted writer and a technical visionary, a combination of qualities that made him the perfect choice of Editor-in-Chief for SYS-CON Media's inaugural publication 12 years ago, PowerBuilder Developer's Journal. Steve's proven ability to determine marketing and technology strategies that align with market needs led to successful stints at SilverStream, where he started as technology evangelist and ended as CTO, and at ClearNova where he was CTO.

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