SOA is the top trend in the software industry, according to attendees at SandHill.com's Enterprise 2005 conference earlier this month. Asked what technology will have the most impact on the software industry in the next 12 months, 30% picked Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs).
Service technology -- from SOA to cloud to IT service management -- promises many "-ilities": greater agility, flexibility, and reusability. Joe McKendrick explores the challenges and opportunities with service orientation, and how to capitalize on these emerging computing philosophies.
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Analyst firm predicts SOA adoption in the 90s, but what kinds of 'SOAs' are they talking about?
Sandra Rogers, program director for service-oriented architecture (SOA), Web services, and integration research at IDC, was recently asked what professional role becomes particularly important as the SOA movement evolves. Her answer: software architect.
Fireman's Fund is one of several leading adopters of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the insurance industry. The company, which generates $4.
Web services/SOA are inherently egalitarian, in that anyone can pick up the specifications and apply them somewhere. Large companies have a distinct advantage, however, in that they have armies of developers and system architects that can "experiment" with new approaches.
Will Value Added Resellers (VARs) embrace the Software-as-a-Service (Saas) movement or treat it as a disintermediating threat? According to VARBusiness' 2005 State of Software survey, VARs (or solution providers) are actually prepared to capitalize on SaaS.
As Joe's previous entry on the ROI challenge suggests, we may forever face challenges in terms of delineating SOA's specific contribution to the overall business value equation. However, one thing we can do -- if we are smart -- is align our SOA initiatives and projects with specific business problems where value is itself easier to quantify.
When Sperry Corporation merged with Burroughs Corporation a number of years ago to form Unisys, the combine ran a series of TV ads that bragged about offering "the Power of Two." Most mergers and acquisitions don't result in the Power of Two, of course -- they more likely give you the "Power of One and One-Quarter.
What challenges await those seeking to build SOAs in their organizations? Unfortunately, they're biggies, according to a new report out of the Burton Group.
Much like SOA itself, the just-announced "SOA Blueprints" effort will be defined as it goes along. I recently spoke with Infravio's Miko Matsumura, proposed chair of OASIS' SOA Adoption Blueprints Technical Committee.