Monday, 18 February 2008

SOA Done The Hard Way

You don't see many public cridible reports about results of SOA projects. So that's why Chris Muir 's testimonial is interesting.

The overall message in Chris' post is that there are a lot of practical problems between the dream and reality of SOA development.
"Just because the underlying Web Service communications allow you to communicate in a standard fashion, it doesn't mean the systems or organisations you communicate to are following any standards internally."
Top of the bill was:
"In addition only 1 of the 3 suppliers actually had test systems we could build our application against. And for the supplier that did have a test system we literally had to phone them to ask them to flush the data each time we did a test. So much for quick agile development."
But the post contains much more in depth insight about the practical things that can go wrong in SOA projects. Definitely worth a read.

It expresses very well how Oracle's Fusion doesn't really address most of the practical issues. In fact, they are very hard (if at all) to address. That's why I'm happy with JBoss' practical developer oriented approach that gives full control to developers. With the tool suite that we're building, we focus not to introduce unnecessary levels of complex indirections.


  1. Ellison said "It takes about 10 to 20 years before [you can] rewrite all of your applications [to take advantage of SOA]" therefore implying the benefits of SOA are a long way off yet.

    So just another two decades and all the software integration issues have been resolved?

    Great -- year 2028, here we come!

    Oh, except since 2018 people got wind of this new breakthrough in technology and have been adding pieces of software that don't fit under this SOA umbrella so nicely anymore. It will make about as much sense as writing EDIFACT does today.

    HTTP took a few years to change how we view the world. SOA will soon have a decade under its belt.. and still another one or two to go.

    Good ideas catch on fast.

  2. Juha,


    That is why the current fragmentation in the Java landscape worries me. Too much reinvention in different flavours. So we probably won't even have to wait till 2018 before the next revolution comes along that will have an impact on SOA.

    But that is way out of my normal timelinebounds. I'll just stick to delivering jBPM, which is my shot at the next big thing that will change all we know so far. Next version should be ready before end of this year. Then Larry has till 2028 to catch up :-)

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