Frank Kenney on how to fail at SOA

A post on Joe McKendrick's SOA in Action Blog includes a transcript of Gartner analyst Frank Kenney's remarks during a keynote address at last month's virtual SOA Governance conference presented by ebizQ.  Among Kenney's observations: 


  • "If you are moving towards an SOA initiative, if you are embarking on an SOA project, that project will fail without governance."


  • "SOA...is evolving from a technical architecture to a governing framework. It is not so much about the applications that you build, or the services you compose, or the processes that you orchestrate and coordinate...It’s really about understanding the lifecycle [of] the artifacts that make up your service-oriented architecture."


  • "Runtime and design time [don't] mean anything when it comes to SOA. It's not runtime or design time, it's all the time."


  • "At the center of any good SOA governance technology is going to be a registry repository."

According to the transcript, Kenney pointed out that the lifecycle of a SOA artifact includes overlapping creation, usage, deployment, and governance cycles. He advised against focusing on what he described as the "artificial distinction between design time and runtime," and stressed the importance of focusing on the overlapping lifecycles, and on how those lifecycles affect each other.

Little of what Kenney talked about is all that new, especially given where we are in the evolution of SOA. But the ideas he presented are nevertheless critical and worth repeating until they are fully absorbed by every stakeholder in any SOA initiative.

Read the entire post: Transcript: No SOA Governance Strategy? No Problem- Prepare For Failure!

 

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