Since it first emerged more than a decade ago, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been both widely praised as a modern and agile approach to software development and infrastructure architecture and dismissed as a colossal waste of time and money. Missed expectations for many SOA projects led one analyst in 2009 to declare, “SOA is dead.” Far from being dead, however, service oriented architecture is in fact more relevant than ever. The mega-trends of SaaS, mobile, and Big Data are converging to create a massive explosion of endpoints and data. In this New Enterprise era, businesses can be overwhelmed by the resulting connectivity demands, or they can seize the opportunity and gain competitive advantage by seamlessly connecting everything. The smartest enterprises are transforming this fragmentation into strength by connecting today’s explosion of applications, data, partners and customers into a single, high performing entity.
The strategies for developing this connected enterprise are the fundamentals of agile SOA. The key challenge: ending a platform solution that can deliver immediate impact while providing a foundation for future cloud and on-premise integration demands. Drawing on lessons from leading organizations.