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Saturday, March 01, 2008

SOA as a Business Strategy

Below is the beginning of an article Jim Irwin and myself wrote for SOA World on how the “real” play with SOA is business agility. Although you may not have heard of Jim Irwin, he is one of the brightest minds in the SOA world … quietly behind the scenes helping my team develop some amazing solutions.

If you had to pick a single business benefit that service-oriented architecture (SOA) can provide, it is the ability to respond to change. Change occurs continually in a multitude of places that affect the enterprise: the market, the supply chain, strategic processes, regulations, and so forth. SOA can enable the creation of an agile environment that creates stability in the face of change because it restructures automated functions into reusable pieces that can be quickly reconfigured into new or modified processes.

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1 comment:

John Quillen said...

Good article. Meet in the middle makes a lot of sense.

I like the Winchester Mystery House analogy. But, it occurred to me that it's also a good analogy for the starting point.

The biggest hurdle to achieving the agility SOA brings is the change management required to agree to and begin to renovate the Winchester House in the first place.

Often, that initial, bottom-up, ROI-based success is required to even justify starting in the middle.

Thanks, John