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Podcast: Designing 'Evolve-ability' into SOA and IT Systems

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In part two of my recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, we talked about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen to or download the 11:03 podcast below:



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Read the full transcript of our discussion here.

"We're trying to achieve a way of making IT recombinant the way that DNA and protein start to serve as two layers of a abstraction," Miko said. "So we're trying to create 'evolve ability,' which is the ability to evolve and we want people's efforts to actually drive together into a shared framework -- so that it's not just a bunch of scattered independent, unmaintainable efforts that never converge."

The challenge is making this good stuff happen on an enterprise level, Miko said. And, despite an enterprise's best efforts to establish a common, shared IT environment, something will always come up to shake things up. As Miko put it, "The next thing you know there's M&A, or there's some business situation where you need heterogeneity or maybe you don't need it but it's kind of forced upon you. So you buy another bank and all of a sudden it's like, wow, that other bank is not all Microsoft. And then you're mess again."

The ability to evolve and adapt to these unpredictable new situations is the key to agility, Miko said. And, he adds, while systems and networks double in capacity every 18 months or so, this is not the case with human organizations. "In the tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of years of human existence, we have not doubled in our ability to work together," he says.


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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