Many organizations have just barely begun to get their feet wet in Web services, and are understandably confused about the SOA phenomenon. So while pundits may be calling 2005 The Year of SOA, let me make this 100% guaranteed, accurate forecast: 2005 will be The Year People Will Be Talking a Lot About SOA.
To this end, I recently asked a number of industry visionaries to take a good, long gaze into the crystal ball and tell us what to expect in terms of SOA and Web Services. The results can be found in this special report posted on the WebServices.Org site. Many agree that SOA is definitely on the way, but theres a lot of work to be done over the next 12 months. Most key will be the management of Web services environments as we attempt to couple these together.
As Actional CTO Dan Foody puts it, "SOA is even a more complex form of what people have today; it is a connected environment with multiple connected tiers connecting across applications. Understanding where your transactions are flowing and where your problems are is a critical issue. In 2005, people will focus on sharing services. There are a few that will build wide-scale, centralized architectures, but this will only begin in 2005."