Will SOA still be 'SOA' five years from now?

One of the things I've pontificated about in this blogsite that the industry probably won't be sticking with the 'SOA' moniker for too long. Vendors will milk all they can and move on to a new buzzword, and analysts will be all excited and predicting enormous market growth for whatever we call the Next Big Thing.

One of the things I've pontificated about in this blogsite that the industry probably won't be sticking with the 'SOA' moniker for too long. Vendors will milk all they can and move on to a new buzzword, and analysts will be all excited and predicting enormous market growth for whatever we call the Next Big Thing.

Dave Linthicum, in his recent keynote at The Open Group conference, also predicts we will eventually move past the SOA acronym. In my posts, I predicted that vendor focus will move on to something like "Event-Driven Architecture" or perhaps shift to "Enterprise 2.0."

Dave predicts that "five years from now, we won't be talking about SOA… It will all be folded into EA [Enterprise Architecture]."

ZDNet blogging colleague Dana Gardner was at Dave's keynote, and sounded Dave's note that enterprise architects "become advocates for positive change that embraces SOA principles and methods."

While there is too much hype around SOA, it is inevitable that it will simply become the way organizations identify, build, and manage their technology resources. We no longer talk about "browser-based computing" or for that matter, "GUI" interfaces -- these things are givens. Likewise, SOA and Web services are becoming the accepted practice for integration and composite applications. And, when it comes to bringing two or more applications together to meet a business need, what else is there?

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