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Five Questions For Paul Patrick, VP And Chief Architect For BEA Systems' AquaLogic Product Line

Patrick was appointed BEA's first chief security architect in 2002; he has high-level clearance with the federal government, where he sometimes serves as a security adviser. He's now in charge of BEA's AquaLogic product line for helping customers implement service-oriented architecture.
Paul Patrick
VP And Chief Architect For BEA Systems' AquaLogic Product Line

Interview by Larry Greenemeier


Paul Patrick, VP And Chief Architect For BEA Systems' AquaLogic Product Line -- Photograph by Jason Grow

Photograph by Jason Grow
1
Motivation Factor
There's a human side to SOA. Engineers and developers were accustomed to being responsible for building out an entire project. "With SOA, they're not. So how do you offer them incentives for a project that's built and assembled by multiple groups?"

2
Arise, Architect
Having an IT or enterprise architect on staff isn't necessarily new, but "the idea that SOA is a living, breathing project has helped bring the architect out of the shadows."

3
Speed Kills
SOA products are targeted at a different kind of user, one who's interested in business models. "Telling them bits per second isn't that exciting anymore. They want to know about ROI."

4
Casting A Legacy
A native of southern Florida who grew up fishing on Lake Okeechobee, Patrick early in his career migrated to tech-heavy New England. That didn't stop him from buying a bass boat and spending time on the lake with his youngest daughter. "She'll cast with me until I put my rod down."

5
Kicking Bass
Patrick used to participate in bass fishing tournaments. These days, "I tournament when I can, but as long as I can get out in the boat, I'm happy. The solitude and quiet helps me deal with problems that are typically covered by noise."