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What was the biggest thing to happen to SOA in 2010?

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Yesterday, we ran the same question for the cloud, but 2010 was also a big year for SOA.  What do you think was the biggest thing to happen to SOA in 2010?

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  • Great question! I think the biggest thing to happen to SOA is the realization that data matters. During 2010 the industry has seen the progress of a data services layer to under-pin an SOA architecture. This is a critical development that enables enterprises to start focusing on the data through logical data objects that can be serviced up to the SOA stack and drive greater agility in the deployment of SOA architectures.

    One example of this capability is from Informatica with their SOA-based Data Services offering.

  • I believe in 2010 many organizations have become seriously disillusioned with the way it has become simply another marketing term that every body attaches to their offering. In simple terms suppliers are saying 'my software works as a service, therefore it's perfect to implement a SOA'. SOA has serious potential to bridge the gap between IT and the business in a big way but in many cases, it is simply a tick box in the sales cycle and doesn't tend to address what a SOA should be.

  • The Cloud. Remember when SOA was declared dead in 2009? Companies were pulling the plug on SOA initiatives because of the weak economy. Lots of negative PR about failed projects and negative ROI added fuel to the fire. It was curtains for sure.

    Enter 2010, the year of the Cloud. As companies began aggressively adopting cloud computing as an IT cost reduction strategy, they realized that they were forcing their architectures to be massively distributed and needed a way to efficiently exchange data between on-premise and off-premise systems. This caused a big resurgence in SOA, this time not as the end goal but as an enabler of cloud solutions.

    If not for all the cloud activity this year, I think SOA would be in trouble.

  • The biggest thing was continued successful IT adoption, despite the self-promotion merchants trying to downplay SOA with comments like "SOA is dead".

    Probably the most interesting thing was the continued rise of asynchronous event handling (a.k.a. services). Yes, the EDA world is slowly getting more attention from IT architects needing to solve "performance" along with "productivity". It will be interesting to watch this trend for 2011.

  • Agree with Paul. In 2010 it became clear that news of SOA's death were greatly exaggerated. Quantitative reports from multiple sources confirmed benefits and continued adoption of SOA in 2009 and 2010.

    On the adoption side, many companies finally reached a level of maturity where they began to understand the fundamental changes they need to make to people, processes and technology to do SOA well.

  • I always read "SOA is dead" to mean the "SOA hype is dead". I would agree that the biggest thing for SOA in 2010 was that it was business as usual; more and more companies getting successful with SOA.

    I would add that we see the benefits of Service Oriented approaches for building applications outside of the enterprise. Many more conversations we have had in 2010 have been about taking SOA to cloud and mobile applications. This will trend through 2011 and beyond.

  • I agree with Ross. the biggest thing for SOA in 2010 was business as usual. No dramatic SOA detah anouncements, and even Burton Group talked about SOA Revival (see my post: Revival or no Death at all: Burton Group and The Lazarus Effect http://avirosenthal.blogspot.com/2010/11/revival-or-no-death-at-all-burton-group.html).
    SOA is a Mainstream approach. It is the basis for Cloud Computing, it is complementing Event Driven Architecture and usually no successful BPM implementation is SOA-less.

  • SOA will be the foundational architecture and design paradigm for cloud integrations. All the SOA hype is dead and I believe the IT executives will position their projects as cloud integrations instead of SOA projects to get easier funding. There will be a mad rush among the IT executives to integrate the SaaS applicatons to meet business demand.
    The pain of reusability and governance will re-emerge in 2 years but for now all the IT have a clear work cut out. Inegrate the SaaS applications.period.

  • SOA is a key aspect for Cloud Computing..

    The way I look at it the two major pieces of Cloud,
    (a) SOA is for application and integration architecture - virtualization and automation of the Business Processes for optimal b2e, b2b and b2c collaboration, AND
    (b) SOI (Service Oriented Infrastructure) is for underlying infrastructure (both hardware and software) architecture - the virtualization & automation of IT Processes for optimal utilization of infrastructure.

    So, in my mind, SOA+SOI constitutes the Cloud. Can Cloud Computing be achieved without SOA? Yes, but will not be as effective.

  • Crucial for IT and Business: The Open Group release of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Ontology Technical Standard.

    This ontology is crucial to all people: IT & business staff. This type of initiative is not only important to SOA + BPM + CLOUD but to the whole IT area (that has a high level of failure and need to gain: respect, better and faster adoption of new concepts).
    It is particularly "funny"(or sad?) that a technologies & methodologies (i.e., SOA + BPM + CLOUD) that have been created to bridge business and IT cannot spread out faster and better because there is no clear consensus of the meaning of the terms the concepts, terms and semantics. (If all discussions are loose, even among IT specialists, how can we properly sell something when another vendor sells the same thing using different teminology?)

    Well done “The Open Group�! Happy 2011!

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