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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

SOA Makes a Lousy Paperweight

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Jaimin Patel has just published a seasonally appropriate  -- and hilarious -- article here at ebizQ comparing SOA to the ubiquitous fruitcake.

As Jaimin observes, fruitcakes are often maligned, as is the case with SOA:

Sadly, it's rather unlikely that the fruitcake will ever reclaim its seat at the head of the table. While SOA adoption continues to rise and on-going projects proliferate, there is a groundswell of finger pointers and naysayers that are casting a negative light on its reputation. Now more than ever is the time to herald our success stories or we may end up with that same nicely wrapped (yet unbearably heavy) fruitcake, er, SOA project, being re-gifted from year to year.

It's also fair to say that some SOA deployments are a densely packed mishmash of ingredients, as are fruitcakes. There are also some significant differences between fruitcakes and SOA, however. For one, you can't use SOA as a doorstop or a paperweight. (Even though some PCs serve that purpose well.) Also, you can buy fruitcake in a box. SOA is not available in a box.

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more


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