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Duane Nickull

Duane Nickull
Sr Technology Evangelist, Adobe Systems


As Senior Technical Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Duane Nickull is responsible for Adobe’s
messaging around enterprise solutions in the SOA and Web Services spaces plus other
forward looking aspects such as the Web 2.0. Previously Mr. Nickull co-founded Yellow
Dragon Software Corporation, a privately held developer of XML messaging and metadata
management software, acquired by Adobe in 2003. He previously served as CTO and
President of XML Global Technologies, a publicly traded company acquired by Xenos
Group in early 2003.
Mr. Nickull has written or participated in most of the larger SOA standards work in the past
decade. He currently chairs the OASIS Service Oriented Architecture Reference Model
Technical Committee (SOA-RM TC) which has just delivered a Reference Model for Service
Oriented Architecture as a full OASIS standard. He served as a Vice Chair of the United
Nations Centre for Facilitation of Commerce and Trade (UN/CEFACT) between 2003 and
2006. Within the United Nations, he oversaw the UN’s Electronic Business strategy and
Service Oriented Architecture and modeling efforts. He has served as the project team lead of
the United Nations (UN/CEFACT) Electronic Business Architecture Group (SOA) and a
specially appointed liaison between the W3C, UN and OASIS standards consortiums.
Additionally, Duane has served as the chair and lead system architect for the United Nation’s
Electronic Business Working Group, a direct sub-group of CEFACT TMG and on the
CEFACT TMG Steering Committee. He also has served as the Co-chair of the ebXML
Technical Architecture group as well as co-editor of that specification starting in 1999,
largely recognized as the first post-internet and post XML SOA. He has participated in
writing many of the recent large Service Oriented Architectures that permeate the IT
landscape today such as the W3C Web Services Architecture and also co wrote the
Mackenzie-Nickull Meta-model for Architectural Patterns. Mr. Nickull has written and
contributed many technical articles and books on these subjects
Mr. Nickull has been called Mr. SOA by his peers during introductions to speak on the
subject due to his overwhelming experience writing and contributing to the major Service
Oriented Architectures (SOA’s). Between 1995 and 2006, he spoke at over 500 venues in
various countries around the world
Duane has recently renewed his work in the theoretical field of computational intelligence and
has recently spoken several times to various audiences via the Ontolog Forum on eventcausality
aware inference engines coupled to a query-able ontology. Such mechanisms may
one day bestow true cognitive and reasoning capabilities upon applications. In the field of
semantic reconciliation, Duane was a co-inventor of the first Context-sensitive XML Search
Engine (www.goxml.com) and the first web based XML E-Commerce ASP. He is named on
pending patents pertaining to XML indexing and retrieval covering 51 unique points. He also
served as Technical Director for XSLT.com during the 1990’s until as recently as 2002.
He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and three children, plays in a rock band, actively
snowboards, races Porsche 911’s and mountain bikes. Duane first came to Vancouver
playing in an original band in 1985 and made his living as a professional musician for several


Location: Gold
Duane Nickull (Adobe Systems), Bess Ho (Archimedes Ventures), Andreas Falley (Synchrodipity), Rev. Dan Tripp (a2sg.com)
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This is a hands on lab where students will learn how to use Adobe's open source Flex and AIR compilers to build interactive flash based maps. The lab will include a brief intro to Flex and AIR followed by mostly spending time coding. No prior experience is necessary and all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Read more.