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What Do You Think Will be the Biggest Trend or Development for SOA in 2010?

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We ran this question on BI with great results, and am quite interested in what the responses will be for SOA: What will be the biggest trend or development for SOA in 2010?

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  • Service-oriented principles will see a resurgence of interest because they are required for effective governance and delivery of cloud services. (But don't dare call it "SOA"!)

  • I would like to say that 2010 will be the year that SOA finally gets recognized as a strategic effort focused on service delivery and not application development. However, I have feeling that would answer the question, "What is your wish for SOA in 2010," and not the question you asked. I think we're in for more of the same of what we've seen in 2009. Case studies that illustrate a solid understanding of how to develop excellent component-based solutions and being successful with that architecture, but not getting the real intent behind SOA.

  • Due to fiscally tight times, more than ever there will have to be near term business value associated with any move toward SOA from legacy architectures. That means SOA concepts will be applied opportunistically.

  • Unfortunately there has been so much confusion and missteps over SOA that I'm afraid that it no longer viable as a specific discipline. The principles of SOA, however, will be taken up by the BPM community and become a key element in the ability to create and maintain application/functional environments supporting lean/agile business processes.

  • Picking up the theme of "wish list" for SOA, I'm sharing my five top wishes for 2010 in hopes that in 2011 we can summarize them as the SOA trends of 2010...

    5. Companies committed to building out shared services actually invest in pragmatic Application and SOA governance programs and see on-going maintenance costs and defects found in production go down

    4. Applications and Operations stop arguing over the term "service" and we see vendors actually deliver integrations between ALM and IT Change and configuration management tools and repositories so we close the gap between service development and service delivery

    3. Quality is considered job 1 for successful SOA-based solutions and the IT organization actually invests in skilled SOA testing and Quality management processes, expertise and SOA testing tools ready for the job

    2. Demand management, Business Analysts, Architects and development teams collaborate on understanding how business requirements map to services and composite application functional and non-functional requirements, including policies and technical standards. As more companies adopt a services based approach and Agile methodologies-- people start trusting the team.

    and most importantly:

    1. IT and Business work diligently to improve/build trust relations and start working together regularly to ensure that the SOA based solutions being planned and delivered map to business requirements. Another positive outcome of this collaboration is that IT is actually able to demonstrate to the business how their investments in SOA and other architectural advancements result in true innovation for the business

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • The most important trend will probably be the emergence of SOA in the Virtual Enterprise. SOA will not be limited to an Enterprise Architecture, but will be manifested also as part of Cloud Computing and especially SaaS.
    This trend will require new forms of integration to address integration between internal services and Cloud based Services. SOA Governance will also face new challenges in the Cloud. Governing Cloud based services as well as governing the more complex Enterprise and Cloud architecture will require new tools and methods.

  • A growing recognition that the cloud *-as-a-Service (*aaS) model and SOA are not incompatible, but represent a logical progression.

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