Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SOA - The Second Coming?

According to a recent post in InfoQ "Nearly two years after proclaiming that SOA was dead, the Burton group has changed their mind and now writes that SOA is set for a comeback."

So, it is no surprise, that ebizQ, picked up on this and posed the question on their SOA forum "What reason do you give for the initial failure of SOA?"

Well, the question as posed has a BIG assumption built into it - that SOA had failed!

ebizQ readers were quick to pounce upon the assumption. The general consensus was the SOA itself had never really failed.

I agree.

SOA, the architecture, had never failed; rather it was the implementation and execution that never measured up to expectations. Conversly, we might have a better chance of success with SOA in its so called "second coming" since
  1. The hype has been tempered down considerably with a healthy dose of reality, 
  2. The technology has matured significantly to support a service architecture (think Clouds, Virtualization, ESBs, etc.), and 
  3. We, as an IT Community, have matured significantly.

* Originally posted on the ebizQ SOA Forum on November 17, 2010.


  1. SOA has more lives than a cat! A cat has nine lives... every time SOA needs a new life it just calls the "new" method on the "Life" Web Service :)

    Ya, I'm a GEEK....

  2. I agree. 'failed' - it's a ridiculous statement. SOA never failed; actually it's getting more popular! Very well said...

  3. Thanks to both of you who responded to my post. In a way, I think it is a stroke of genius to declare SOA as "failed" as a way to get the masses re-energized and back behind the SOA bandwagon. It's a classic example of reverse psychology in action. Tell a child not to do something and he does it. Tell businesses SOA has failed and they will make it succeed! :)