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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

Get Ahead of the Mobile Curve: be Service Oriented

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The boom (is that an understatement?) in mobile devices being brought into the workplace could swamp even the best IT operations. However, it may also present an opportunity for enterprise architects.  David Barnes, a program director at IBM's Emerging Technologies unit, says IT managers and EAs that have experience with service oriented architecture are in a prime position to take the lead.

Here's what he told Vance McCarthy of Integration Developer News:

"We can no longer assume that a company is going to mandate what devices we carry or that they're going to issue devices because we're all carrying Smart Phones these days so being agnostic for example, supporting browser based applications is really important and from an IT architect's perspective, think of that, browser based. Well, what if they all ready do, they supported the browser based application. Now it's just to a different form factor....

"Our most successful rollouts with customers thus far, the customers attributed, hey we did this quickly because we had a SOA in place. You know we've talked about SOA and web services, etcetera for a long time and we said oh, it's going to provide you this flexibility as things changed. Well guess what we were all right and everybody that invested in that was right and now the change is occurring and because they implemented on a SOA, hey we just extend the service out to a new device."

The seventh guiding principle of the SOA Manifesto: "Pursue uniformity on the outside while allowing diversity on the inside." It doesn't matter what kind of device is at the end-point, as long as the enterprise looks the same as it would from any other device.

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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