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Is SOA Dead ?

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The big question on everyone's mind seems to be: Is SOA Dead?

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  • In essence Anne was stating out loud what we already knew,
    but were unable to admit: The complexity of SOA was just too much for most global 2000 companies, and the recent round of budget cuts killed many SOA projects.
    Okay, if we're not going to do SOA, than back to the basics I say. I think that it may be a better approach to focus on concepts and approaches that are more simplistic in nature, such as data integration, and perhaps use that as a jumping off point to SOA, or SOA like substance in the future.

  • It seems that something supernatural is going on about SOA - it is proclaimed dead the second time for last 2.5 years (Judith Hurwitz, President & CEO, did it in 2007 the first time). However, it is very much alive - just look at the hundreds of new jobs posted on the Internet recently. In this case, what is dead? Those, who took 'service orientation' as an 'orientation on service' and acted respectively, got promised SOA ROI; others, who took 'service' as a name instead of a concept - got troubles.

  • And while SOA isn't easy, and the results generally don't just fall into your lap, I think there's more here than simply declaring SOA dead and moving on to the next big thing. From the organizations I've talked with, SOA is still alive and well, and doing quite nicely.

  • SOA is alive and kicking. SOA is a methodology; or even more than that, it's a philosophy. SOA says systems and applications can be configured and assembled, on quick notice, to meet ever-changing business requirements. SOA says any system should be able to exchange transactions with any other system, whether inside the same enterprise or on the other side of the globe. This is a vision that will outlast any piece of technology or type of application. SOA is evolving, and right now exists as islands across enterprises -- just as the Internet itself first evolved.

  • I think SOA is definitely at a crossroads, and much like in the era of the early Automobile, when Henry Ford said, "You can have any color automobile, as long as it's black," SOA also needs to adjust, and instead of just representing services to others, SOA as an application has to be much more service friendly for its users. Either that, or it'll end up just like Detroit...dead.

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      Henry Ford did OK by starting simple and increasing complexity when the market demanded it. Everywhere I look there's lower hanging fruit, or higher viability oil. I can't see SOA reaching the required level of maturity for widespread use until these opportunities have been significantly exploited. Having said that, the concepts and ideals are noble, and I applaud the pioneers. Like .com, it's time will come (again).

  • Yes, I agree that Henry Ford started simple with cars, but I'm not so sure it's the same way with SOA. To return to the car analogy, it seems to me that SOA is not only promising to be your car, but also your boat, your train, and even your airplane. And in promising everything to everyone, it risks being nothing.

  • The thing that strikes me is that how not much has changed. We said the “Emperor has no clothes,â€? but we are still willing to work with a naked Emperor. SOA has value, just not a much as the hype lead us to believe. No surprise there, but it’s the best approach for now.

  • We installed SOA in our company last year. It has been successful, but nothing like what was promised. But that's pretty much been my experience with all of IT in general.

  • All infrastructure projects suffer during times of reduced budgets – if resources are scarce the projects which business understands best get the funding and these will tend to be applications. Only where the SOA programs are already embedded in the organization will the budget be safe. This will force the focus back onto bottom up SOA (or guerilla SOA as some call it) and it will continue to develop there.

    Dave is also correct in saying that Data Integration will become more prominent – even where SOA is well advanced. This is because SOA actually highlights data integration issues and forces greater emphasis on data governance.

  • I agree that complexity has been the greatest hurdle for SOA success. But this is really the fault of the vendor since it was the vendors that introduced the complexity by racing to make their products relevant in the (then) current hype-cycle; SOA is grounded on sound principles. I think only the hype around SOA is dead, but service orientation is ever important. I cover this in greater detail here.

  • SOA is neither alive nor dead.

    An assertion that SOA is dead is only meaningful in the context that the insightful James Governor expressed in this post:
    http://www.redmonk.com/jgovernor/2009/01/09/soa-flatlines-brains/

    90% of the economy runs atop "dead" technologies.

  • SOA is not dead, it is just stale because of mishandling.
    I wrote about it in my blog:
    why do people think that SOA is dead?

    Noam

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