Microsoft talks SOA futures but not dates

Microsoft talks SOA futures but not dates

Summary: At this week's Microsoft's 2007 Service Oriented Architecture and Business Process Management (SOA and BPM) conference in Redmond, Wash., company officials will lay out a long-awaited roadmap for Microsoft's SOA strategy. But noticeably absent will be target due dates for any of the myriad products that company officials plan to discuss.

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Can you talk futures without dates? The Microsoft Application Platform team is out to prove that it can be done.

Microsoft talks SOA futures but not datesAt this week's Microsoft's 2007 Service Oriented Architecture and Business Process Management (SOA and BPM) conference in Redmond, Wash., company officials will lay out a long-awaited roadmap for Microsoft's SOA strategy. But noticeably absent will be target due dates for any of the myriad products that company officials plan to discuss.

Microsoft is promising a number of new "technology investments" that it has code-named "Oslo" that will cut across its product stack and provide the foundation for its SOA platform. Among them:

  • BizTalk Server 6: The core foundation product for Microsoft SOA and BMP solutions that will "deliver the capability to develop, manage and deploy composite applications."
  • BizTalk Services 1: The services add-on to BizTalk that will enable "hosted composite applications that cross organization boundaries" and provides messaging, identity and workflow capabilities, to start.
  • .Net Framework 4: Th enext version of Microsoft's core set of Windows services that will more tightly bind Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) to "further enable model-driven development.
  • Visual Studio 10: The next version of Microsoft's tool suite that will include new, unspecified tools aimed at advancing model-driven development.
  • System Center 5: The next version of Microsoft's system-management product family.

Microsoft also is committing to "aligning the metadata repositories" across all of the aforementioned products. In addition, BizTalk Server 6 will "utilize a repository technology for managing, versioning and deploying models."

When are any of these products slated to hit? No word. But to put things in perspective, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 just shipped in September and .Net Framework 3.5 isn't slated to be generally available until late this year/early next. That means most of the aforementioned releases are probably a couple of years away, at best. The Directions on Microsoft research firm is telling clients to expect Microsoft to start rolling out these next-gen updates in 2009 and later.

Update: At the SOA conference on October 30, Microsoft officials said the company would have some Community Technology Preview (CTP) pre-beta releases of its various Oslo-enabled products out in 2008. Again, no word on which ones or when the final releases of any of the aforementioned deliverables are expected.

Microsoft has been struggling to prove to the market that it has a real SOA strategy. While the Redmondians are talking the right talk, the company is still a ways away from walking the SOA walk. Will customers wait or run off with other SOA vendors before Microsoft rolls out more than just a piecemeal SOA strategy?

Topics: Microsoft, Browser, Enterprise Software, Software, Software Development

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Enterprise Vista

    That's what MS should have named it.

    [i]Microsoft also is committing to ?aligning the metadata repositories? across all of the aforementioned products.[/i]

    About time. That's my tried and true first step for any company. Get all your critical data on a common platform so systems can talk to one another.

    I find it truly amazing that MS just now seems to be seeing the value. But will still give them credit for talking a good line.

    That's a start.
    Chad_z
  • If you want spoon-feeding, you'll need to wait.

    However, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) shipped with .Net 3.0 almost a year ago, along with Windows Workflow, and a lot of people have been building SOA applications with them for some time.

    BizTalk has always left me underwhelmed. Too expensive & too complex for most peoples needs.

    Finally, the whole "SOA" thing is beset by hype, buzz, and growing complexity. Yet another essentially simple idea bum-rushed by muddle-headed pseudo-academia, who probably have "Fellow" in their job title.
    TheTruthisOutThere@...
  • SOA has yet to prove itself

    I've seen a lot of companies invest BIG $$$ into SOA efforts and so far there has been almost no return on the investment.

    I see real reason for MS to be in any hurry over a market that may or may not become real.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • O-M-G

      I agree with something No_Ax said. Great. Now I have to get ready for the four horsemen, a rain of fire and the end of the world.
      Chad_z
    • True, but others have succeeded.

      I think that if you think you need to invent BIG $$$ to start the adoption of SOA, then you either don't understand it, or you've been fooled by those you seek to over-complicate for their own benefit.

      A good web service stack in the hands of competant architect and development team is a foundation for great things - and for many purposes all that is needed.
      TheTruthisOutThere@...
    • SOA proof

      SOA has succeeded and failed in companies who have attempted initiatives.

      More insight into the why SOA isn't gaining traction can be found in Richard Watson's blog entries describing <A href="http://apsblog.burtongroup.com/2008/08/the-endowment-e.html">'The Endowment Effect'</A> and <A href="http://apsblog.burtongroup.com/2008/06/the-2-paradoxes.html">paradoxes of funding</A>.
      cobiacomm
  • Microsoft's SOA Strategy

    Burton Group perspective on <A href="http://apsblog.burtongroup.com/2008/07/microsofts-soa.html">Microsoft's SOA strategy</A> can be described as emerging and confusing. Dissatisfaction with Microsoft?s SOA direction is due to a lack of communication.

    Microsoft must invest more time to clearly articulate their view of SOA principles, how their product roadmap will be realigned to support service-orientation, and describe fundamental architectural service-oriented building blocks required to realize value.
    cobiacomm
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