The Gartner Group just listed "9 ways to measure SOA success.” Not to take
anything away from Gartner, but theirs is a pretty basic list, if you ask
me. Indeed, these nine measurements are really about any successful
architecture, using SOA approaches or not, which is fine. However, I have a
few of my own that are more specific to SOA.
Here are Gartner's nine:
1. Improved efficiency, particularly with respect to business processes
2. Lower process administrative costs.
3. Higher visibility on existing/running business processes.
4. Reduced number of manual, paper-based steps.
5. Better service-level effectiveness.
6. Quicker implementation of processes.
7. Quicker time to market.
8. Shorter (overall) project cycles.
9. Overall reduction in the total cost of application development and
However, I have a few of my own that are more specific to... (more)
Although a number of standards exist for information interchange and process
definition, industry standards have yet to emerge for defining common
integration server and B2B integration server services such as routing, rules
processing, and transformation. In the absence of such standards, individual
vendors have created proprietary approaches to these basic
information-processing services. As a result, we are confronted with features
that are not interchangeable, require specialized training, and do not
provide a common framework of services.
Even as we begin to implement stand... (more)
Application integration brings a combination of problems. Each organization
and trading community has its own set of integration issues that must be
addressed. Because of this, it is next to impossible to find a single
technological solution set and/or standard that can be applied universally.
Therefore, each application integration solution will generally require
different approaches. At this time, and in the foreseeable future, one-stop
shopping is simply not an application integration reality.
Although approaches to application integration vary considerably, it is
possible to... (more)
So, what do AJAX and SOA have in common? The answer: Everything.
Is AJAX an enterprise technology? The answer: Absolutely.
As we move to next-generation enterprise architectures using newer notions
such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), there's a need for a dynamic Web
interface that can layer over services and provide more value to the
enterprise. Moreover, the enterprise in general can benefit from the
advantages of AJAX; it's just a matter of making enterprise developers as
well as the SOA architects aware of AJAX.
AJAX is becoming the standard dynamic interface for the W... (more)
Many SOA projects are created out of hype, not need. Clearly many enterprises
are "managing by magazine" and are more concerned about doing something cool
rather than doing something helpful. You know the difference, and I'm sure
there are both types of projects in your organization today.
Indeed SOA has become popular, but not in a good way. Tactical, on-off
projects are sprouting up all over the place with poorly defined values and
strategic direction. Thus, they bring very little to the architectural party
and could be making the enterprise take a few steps back.
Bad SOA, even... (more)