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CIPS NS Dinner Meeting
Tue, 09/27/2011
Event Location: 

Registration deadline is Friday, September 23nd.

Topic:       Wind Tunnel :  CAE’s Environment as a Service
Speaker:     Brad MacQuarrie, Technical Architect
             Defence, Aerospace, and Security industry  
Date:        Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time:        5:00 pm for registration, 6:00 pm for dinner, 7:00 pm for presentation
Location:    Dalhousie University Club Dining Room, Off South Street beside Soccer Field
             See map at
Cost:        Members - $40.00, Non-members - $50.00
Dinner Menu: Regular and Vegetarian options

          Corporate tables available

To register: On-line, E-mail - or Phone 902-420-3070 x 2888
             When registering, please provide contact information and dinner choice
             Registration deadline is Friday, April 23rd


Wind Tunnel : CAE’s Environment as a Service

Take a cadre of best-of-breed, industry-specific, standalone, single minded business applications, mount them on top of a horizontally scalable, virtualized infrastructure, add in an Enterprise Service Bus and a hearty dose of customized service orientation, and wrap all the UI functions in portlets to be served up as role-based composite applications and you arrive at CAE’s Wind Tunnel Environment as a Service.

Sandwiching the Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products between a UI aggregation layer providing Single Sign On (SSO) and an ESB layer providing event-driven process integration allows CAE to offer an Integrated Information Environment to the Canadian Military to operate a fleet of Maritime Helicopters within an aggressive, performance based contract with the OEM.

Attendees at this session will learn about:

• A viable architecture to expose “environment level” features as a cloud offering;
• A convenient side-effect of application vendors’ race toward Service Orientation; and
• Turning business applications into logic engine Lego blocks through a composite application framework.


Brad MacQuarrie has been a Technical Architect in the Defence, Aerospace, and Security industry for over 5 years. He has also been an Enterprise Architect in the Retail Grocery industry and a Solutions Architect in the Financial Services industry. With over 15 years in the IT business, he has seen that ideas that allow the business people to just think about their services and have technology be transparent transcend industries. Notwithstanding the overuse of the term, “the cloud” offers a compelling metaphor for “put the tech somewhere and just give me an easy interface to run my business.”

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