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David versus David: Is Gartner Missing the Point on SOA's Cloudy Future?

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Fellow ebizqQ contributor Dave Linthicum weighed in -- as I hoped he would -- on recent remarks by Gartner analyst David Mitchell Smith's recent remarks that SOA and cloud don't have much to do with each other.

David S. said:

"People will say 'we are doing SOA so we are ready for the cloud', but the difference between SOA services and the cloud context is huge. With cloud, you pay for the outcome, not the technology. In cloud the service terminology you are focusing on is a relationship between service provider and consumer not technology provider and consumer."

To which David L. responded:

"In order to be successful with cloud computing we can't lose sight that most successful cloud computing architectures are SOAs that leverage private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms. If you're considering leveraging cloud services without putting in the context of SOA, you'll crash and burn pretty quickly, trust me."

David L. challenged David M. to a debate on the subject. Hopefully, we'll be hearing more soon.



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

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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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