With the New Year right around the corner, and most of the 2011 prediction blogs already posted, perhaps it's time to look at the true trends that will occur in the world of SOA and Cloud Computing in 2011. I'll be brief so you can get back to your eggnog.
Trend 1: Cloud providers become more aware of SOA as an architectural approach to enable cloud.
Most cloud provides consider SOA like Big Foot. They know it's out there, they see glimpses of it once in a while, but they have yet to capture it and put it in a Zoo. However, as 2011 progresses that will certainly change, and I'm seeing more cloud providers become interested in the value of SOA in the application of their cloud services within enterprises, no matter if it's PaaS, SaaS, or IaaS.
Trend 2: SOA governance technology begins to provide true value.
There is certainly a tipping point where the number of services gets to such a level that you need service governance technology to manage it for you. That tipping point was reached in 2010 for many enterprises, and it will only get worse in 2011. The use of a good service governance technology platform is absolutely essential for a successful cloud meets the enterprise deployment.
Trend 3: Centralized sharing of services becomes a focus.
While we've been learning to leverage services that come out of the clouds, and services that we externalize into the cloud, however there has not been a lot of focus on how services are hosted and discovered for sharing among enterprises. I suspect that clouds will become better at allowing enterprises to onboard services, and re-share those services in 2011. Kind of like eBay for application and infrastructure services.
The trend is your friend. Good luck in 2011.