DON’T YOU JUST LOVE the IT industry? – Never sleeping. Constantly chasing new ideas, exploring new trends, coming up with new ways to help companies solve old business problems.
What? SOA is dead?
For example, Anne Thomas Mane’s ‘obituary ‘on Jan 5: SOA is Dead; Long Live Services gave us a head start on the new year by declaring the death of SOA:
Once thought to be the savior of IT, SOA instead turned into a great failed experiment… SOA was supposed to reduce costs and increase agility on a massive scale… SOA has failed to deliver its promised benefits. After investing millions, IT systems are no better than before. In many organizations, things are worse: costs are higher, projects take longer, and systems are more fragile than ever. The people holding the purse strings have had enough. With the tight budgets of 2009, most organizations have cut funding for their SOA initiatives.
It’s time to accept reality. SOA fatigue has turned into SOA disillusionment. Business people no longer believe that SOA will deliver spectacular benefits.
What a new year’s blast! And what a firework of reactions in the blogosphere:
- SOA is Dead?
- SOA is Dead? It’s About Time!
- SOA is dead! Was it ever alive?
- SOA is dead; long live Model-Driven SOA
- The King (SOA) Is Dead; Long Live the King
- Technical SOA is Dead
- Goodbye SOA, we hardly knew you.
- SOA – Wanted! Dead or Alive
- SOA: Wanted Dead or Alive
- Even if SOA Is Dead, SCA and SDO Alive and Well
- Why SOA Should Be Dead to the Business, but Alive and Well in IT
- Reports of SOA’s Death: Greatly Exaggerated or Dead-On?
- The People Who Think SOA is Dead, Are Dead
Take the longer view
But maybe we should take a longer term view. What seems like ‘death’ when you look too close is only a natural part of the way that innovative, complex new technology is always adopted. Although SOA technology standards are maturing well, the vision of using SOA for increased reuse, flexibility and cost reduction is still new to businesses. After a phase of enthusiasm by early adopters it’s only natural to hit a period of disillusionment, waiting for the mainstream to follow.
We have known this since Geoffrey Moore’s all-time classic Crossing the Chasm: Going from the enthusiastic few to mainstream adoption is the hard part. The majority won’t adopt SOA for business flexibility until it has matured and become more easy and less risky to adopt.
So just because service-oriented architecture is in a chasm right now, it doesn’t mean it’s dead. It just needs to get ready for prime-time.
‘Architecture’ key to maturity
And as Anne Thomas Mane notes in a follow-up podcast, a key to maturity lies in doing architecture:
One of my favorite comments that came back from the blog post were the number of people who said, “Basically, we just really suck at doing architecture.”
Couldn’t agree more. Architecture is the fundamental structure that doesn’t change every other day. Architecture is the long term view.
The time for the ‘A’ in SOA has finally come.