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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

SOA Roundup: SOA Before Cloud, Business Before Tech

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May was a busy time for SOA aficionados, and they were given plenty to ponder here at the ebizQ site.

Dave Linthicum keeps his feet well-grounded in both the SOA and cloud camps, and continues to connect the dots between what are essentially overlapping initiatives. In his latest ebizQ post, he observes how many of the issues dogging cloud -- lack of standards, lack of architectural discipline -- are the same issues that have been dogging SOA for so many years, he points out.

Along these lines, we kicked off a discussion at Peter Schoof's interactive forum on the question of "Does PaaS Inherit the Same Integration Challenges Seen in SOA, Such as .NET vs. Java?" Some experts, such as F5's Lori MacVittie say that PaaS vendors create lock-in situations. However, John Power feels these fears may be unfounded. "As with a 'standards based' SOA implementation, a 'standards based' PaaS implementation using SOAP or REST will bypass any of the integration challenges I have seen," he says.

Michael Poulin, in the meantime, talks about the rise of something called the "Service-Oriented Enterprise," which may be the prevailing business model of the 2010s. "For the last year, more and more authors turn to the topic of SOE because it becomes more and more obvious that service orientation is the most natural way of the business evolution." (Michael makes the point that he's talking about business, not IT, evolution.)

In a new feature, I explored the "Nine Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of SOA," which include unanswered questions such as: What's the difference between SOA and cloud computing? and Why is everyone so gaga over cloud computing, yet disinterested in SOA -- even though they're essentially the same thing? Perhaps we'll never have the answer to these riddles, but they're worth exploring.

Also, in a related event, ebizQ will be holding its annual BPM in Action virtual conference this June 23, and it will be a day packed with insights from the world's leading BPM experts.Yours truly will be moderating.

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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