Some of the most interesting applications of service-oriented architecture may be those that are extended outwards to create new customer value. Countrywide Global Markets, a division of Countrywide Financial Corp.
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.
Joe McKendrick is an author, consultant and speaker specializing in trends and developments shaping the technology industry.
If you're looking for a good read on the "gotchas" that come out of a Web services deployment, check out this latest article from Mike Lehmann, Oracle's Web services guru.
As demands for a higher quality of service (QoS) perpetually rise, service providers -- the organizations "exposing" Web services for active use -- will need to determine how to price for their offerings. While there are some companies now (like Amazon) that make Web services available at no charge, it's simply not sensible to think this industry is going to come anywhere near its potential without a revenue model.
Every vendor with code to peddle has glommed on to the SOA hype cycle, but is anyone buying it yet? We asked this question of 427 Web services developers responding to the latest Evans Data survey.
Looking for work in the SOA field? Then 2005 may be the year for you as new cross-departmental and cross-organizational SOA initiatives are rolled out.
Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work on some projects with the Association for Information Systems Professionals, a group that had taken one wild ride on the information technology roller coaster.(Note, not to be confused with the Association of Information Technology Professionals, formerly Data Processing Management Association, a vibrant group based in Chicago.
SOA is many things to many people. More service-oriented architecture definitions, as supplied by readers to TechTarget, can be found at this site.
Service-oriented architectures don't have to cover the entire enterprise; they can be process or application focused. This recent article on business intelligence tools puts SOA in another light; as the infrastructure that supports a specific set of applications.
Every acronym gets its share of abuse. ASPs, for example, could be Active Server Pages, or Application Service Providers.
Is it time to start professionalizing the emerging field of SOA? Yes, SOA is more of a design philosophy than an actualprofession at this point.