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SOA and cloud journey -- separate ways

Should SOA and cloud be one in the same?Dave Linthicum, who works in both the SOA and cloud space has noticed a disturbing trend out there -- cloud teams operating separately from SOA teams.
Written by Joe McKendrick, Contributing Writer

Should SOA and cloud be one in the same?

Dave Linthicum, who works in both the SOA and cloud space has noticed a disturbing trend out there -- cloud teams operating separately from SOA teams.

This is not good, he says:

"The rationale I'm hearing is that they consider cloud computing to be 'new,' and thus believe it needs a new team, with its own budget and different leadership... Iin all of the projects that I'm working these days the best way to drive toward cloud computing is really to leverage SOA approaches. This means understanding your problem domain at the data, services, and process levels before moving data, services, and processes out to cloud computing platforms."

Indeed, SOA represents and paves the way for the formulation of "private clouds" within many organizations.

We already have SOA often working separately from the business process management, data management, and Enterprise 2.0 folks.  As with cloud computing, SOA is a key enabler of all these initiatives.

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