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SOA – A Good Idea Badly Implemented?

Monday, May 7th, 2007

The second on my short series of posts reflecting on a recent discussion with Clive Longbottom of Quocirca.

We discussed the success (or otherwise) of SOA implementations.  Now, I must be honest, I am not aware of a single shining example of SOA excellence in the enterprise, but I had presumed the reason was the limited range of industries I come across.  For example, most banks, telecoms, utilities, retailers and the like are so monolithic, the cost of embarking on an enterprise wide SOA initiative wouldn’t get past even the most naiive of capital expenditure committees.  So I have read vendors’ press releases about successful SOA implementations and taken them at face value.

Clive’s view, however, stopped me in my tracks.  He reckoned most SOA “experiments” were nothing more than web services connected together in a point to point architecture!  Picture my face with a look of incredulity on it – no I am more incredulous than that!  I may be dumb but isn’t loose coupling the whole point of SOA?