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Do devices mean changes in the architecture of SOA? recently ran a three-part interview with Tom Nolle, an industry veteran who has of late directed much attention at next-generation network services architecture. Nolle told us the art of SOA has changed subtly over the years. The change is more vivid and less subtle of late as mobile devices take on a whole new role.

When SOA first came along, Nolle contends, in very large part is was to support the connection of Web-driven desktop worker processes with central IT processes. “You had a distinct frontend/backend distribution of the workflow,” he tells us.

Nolle sees a new stage as iPhones, iPads and the like grow in use. More thought will go into how applications interact with a thin client.

”The significance of SOA is as valid today as it was ten years ago. What’s not as valid today is our perception of how to do it – how to accomplish it – because the perception ten years ago was necessarily set by the state of application development at the time,” he says.

He continues: ”I think the most important thing right now in the industry is that appliances and ubiquitous broadband are reshaping our conception of man-machine relationships. That reshaping is going to be radical enough that it is just totally inane for us to expect that it will have no impact on the execution of SOA principals and on development practices.”

We appreciated our time with Nolle, and we think he is on to something. Let’s face it: Smart clients crave server-based services – and SOA is more central than ever. What do you think? Have you noticed an understated resurgence in SOA services? Are your teams writing for small devices?

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