Dave Berry explores "the many benefits and challenges of adopting SOA and a shared-services reuse strategy," and the role of the enterprise repository in SOA governance.
"Some folks are savage in the pursuit of structure while others thrive in chaos," writes James McGovern. "Enterprise architecture should stimulate, inspire and demand creative disorder, the fertilizer of the innovative enterprise. Fertilizer unlike most enterprise ideas has a nice starting point and will evolve into something better. "
"Most organizations that I've spoken with," writes Anne Thomas Manes, "are using service-oriented middleware to do integration (SOI rather than SOA). Very few companies are actually rearchitecting their systems, i.e., simplifying their applications and data architectures in order to increase agility. "
"Twitter's approach to solving their performance and scalability issues is a great example of thinking big while taking small steps," says the Burton Group's Richard Watson.
"I suspect that SOA will be the battle cry of many federal agencies that are both looking to change with the demands of the new administration and have some extra money around now to make it happen," says the InfoWorld blogger. "The challenge will be to do SOA right and by the right people. In the past, too much emphasis was put on the technology, too little on the approach or the talent. That needs to be the other way around. Work from the talent, to the approach, and then the technology."
"The more you think about what's needed to be successful with cloud computing, the more you come back to SOA," says David Linthicum. "But at the end of the day, it's JAA, or Just Architecture Again. Perhaps with some new toys to play with, but we love toys."