Okay, time to mix it up more with the SOA-Software as a Service connection.
I just got word that StrikeIron reports it had a very good first quarter, adding over 175 new customers in the first three months of 2007, with revenue increasing six-fold over the same period in 2006.
StrikeIron now calls its category as "Data as a Service" (DaaS? Hey, I'm the one who's supposed to come up with bad acronyms), in which it vets, tests, hosts, and delivers individual services, via a Web service marketplace, to consumers over the public Web. These services can be consumed as is, or are delivered as components of ISV and SaaS partners' applications.
Examples of deployable and consumable services offered through StrikeIron's marketplace include D&B Business Prospect, which provides access to basic business prospect information with D&B's data product; Email Verification, which provides instant verification of email addresses, and Foreign Exchange Rates -- current and historical foreign exchange rates.
In previous posts, I have talked about the StrikeIron approach, which plays well to the rising phenomenon of the loosely coupled enterprise, which aggregates services on an on-demand basis to meet new business demands. Many, if not all, of such services may be provided from third parties such as the StrikeIron Web Services Marketplace, and consumers of such services are charged on a per-transaction basis.
SOA is converging with SaaS in other ways. Also in today's news, one SOA software vendor announced it was going to SaaS route to offer customers SOA capabilities on on-demand basis. LaborLogix Inc., which provides tools and application adapters that streamline integration and access between business applications, announced that it has moved to a SaaS managed subscription pricing model for its core SOA products.