Friday Mar 08, 2013

How to Describe SOA to Your Grandparents

QuoteAs the saying goes, there is no better way to be sure you truly understanding a technology than to be able to explain it so your grandparents understand it…OK, I’ve never heard it before either but it sure sounds true. And if you are even somewhat involved in SOA, the chances are good that someday, you will be asked to explain the value of SOA to a high-level business manager or senior project manager or maybe even the CEO of your company. So rather than mumbling something about “loosely coupled” or “service reuse” or “enterprise service bus” and then following it with “uhmmm, no… not the kind of bus you ride in”, I came across this video from someone named DERELCARO who does a brilliant job at starting with the technical definition of SOA, then immediately breaking it down into a plain English description of SOA.  Its a little dated but that doesn't seem to matter:

Who knows, maybe someday in the future, you will need to explain to your grandkids that SOA was the precursor to the ability to wirelessly download micro thought services (MTS) into your local temporal lobe receivers (LTLR) for real time assembly and orchestrated service thinking (RTAAOST)…yes, they run out of 3 letter acronyms in the future.

Once you’ve seen the video and are ready for a little more, check out this SOA eBook in the Customers Words .  It's a good next step. Enjoy!

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