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Joe McKendrick

SOA Roundup: Cloud and SOA in 2011; What Happened in 2010

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As we wrap up another year, and look forward to 2011, our stable of experts has been looking at the challenges and opportunities of service oriented architecture from many angles.  One thing is certain: while no longer riding the hype curve, SOA is alive and well, and an important part of all digital enterprises.

Dave Linthicum says 2011 will be the year cloud and SOA merge and converge, citing three emerging trends: Cloud providers become more aware of SOA as an architectural approach to enable cloud; SOA governance technology begins to provide true value; and centralized sharing of services becomes a focus.

Janne Korhonen, in the meantime, is not sure enterprises are really even ready for SOA. "SOA, as a technology, does not bring about business agility. In fact, deploying a SOA stack in an organization that is not agile to start with may be seriously misguided and downright detrimental. At worst, SOA does not disentangle the technology mess but only creates new nightmares at just higher level." Look before you leap, he advises.

Michael Poulin took a dive into the realm of processes, taking aim at proponents of Adaptive Case Management (ACM). " If you give a pair of glasses to a monkey, you, probably, can observe unstructured actions," he observes. "So, unstructured actions take place only when we do not know what to do in particular situation. This is why ADM has nothing to do with a process though they seem similar from an external observer."

Over at Peter Schooff's community forum, readers chimed in on they felt was the biggest thing to happen in SOA over the past year, and what should be expected in 2011.  Some snippets:

"I think the biggest thing to happen to SOA is the realization that data matters."
- John Boorman

"The Cloud...  This caused a big resurgence in SOA, this time not as the end goal but as an enabler of cloud solutions."

- Mark Rix

"Probably the most interesting thing was the continued rise of asynchronous event handling (a.k.a. services)."

- Paul Vincent

"SOA+SOI [Service Oriented Infrastructure] constitutes the Cloud."

- R Ravisha

"SOA will be the foundational architecture and design paradigm for cloud integrations."


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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