In spite of the off-putting buzzword, I nevertheless find quite a bit of merit with Richard Samson's argument that automation will make offshore outsourcing a moot point in the not-so-distant future (as explored in this CNET report).Back in November, we uncovered some food for thought from Datamonitoron this very topic.
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Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals, one of the world's largest drug companies (and a division of Pfizer, Inc.), has begun establishingits own SOA and rolling out new process integration projects.
"XML can give legacy systems a new lease of life," goes the headline for this latest article in Computer Weekly. Now they're singing my tune.
In his latest post, Loosely Coupled's Phil Wainwright notes that "attention is starting to shift from the lower levels of SOA wherepeople argue about ESB, SOAP vs REST, security and other message-levelminutiae up to layers that merit a lot more thought than they've sofar enjoyed in SOA debate." He goes on to mention these higher-level concerns -- registry,policy, governance, semantics and business process management.
Sun's Jonathan Schwartz recently posted some takeaways from a recent Sun executive conference, and added one of his own -- that "Web services will collapse under its own weight."Schwartz opines that "I'm beginningto feel that all the disparate Web service specs and fragmentedstandards activities are way out of control.
Britton doesn't like the term "killer app," because it gets misapplied and overused, and I agree. But remember the first time the term really was used?
We can learn a lot from mistakes, preferably someone else's. With that in mind, it's valuable to take a look at some of the early mistakes and worst practices exhibited by folks who have embraced the SOA movement.
The SOA movement, we should recognize, has its share of skeptics. However, the skepticism is more about the pace of SOA change thanthe likelihood of SOA's arrival.
Will Rearden Commerce really make a splash? Who knows?
Who is Patrick Grady? That's a question that is likely to be answered many times over in the coming months as his"employee business services" company, Rearden Commerce, gathers market momentum.