SOA for Retail

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SOA finally seems to be catching on in the retail industry thanks in part to the maturation of the tools and standards. Companies like New Look have even introduced the acronym to the business folks as part of their transformation. I recently wrote an article over at Supply Chain Europe called The Architecture of Successful Fashion that examines their success.

The adoption of SOA by retailers is further evident by the success of the ARTS SOA Blueprint for Retail. As I mentioned in my review of their first user conference, Leonardo Gonzalez of Colombian home improvement retailer Easy described his companies use of the SOA Blueprint to help with their enterprise architecture.

I think another trend that might be driving greater SOA adoption is the recent focus around so-called cloud computing. I say "so-called" only because our CEO is not a fan of the term (but is a big fan of network computing in general). There's an entertaining video of Larry Ellison, the
Techomedian.

Next week at OpenWorld, John Yopp and I will be discussing SOA in our presentation titled "Technology and Architecture Strategies for Driving Value." Please stop by on Thursday, 9am PT at the Palace Hotel.

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David Dorf, Sr Director Technology Strategy for Oracle Retail, shares news and ideas about the retail industry with a focus on innovation and emerging technologies.


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