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Diving deeper on SOA

Users are learning SOA governance isn't an easy fix and how hardware fits into SOA. Meanwhile vendors are trying to sort of Web services stacks and the state of Java.

The sheer number of issues that revolve around SOA at the moment can be daunting. Users, consultants, analysts and vendors are literally learning new things each day as service-oriented architecture implementations become more and more entrenched in corporate IT.

Part of the challenge in covering this movement is bringing in the full range of voices and opinions to keep people informed. Last week we ran two podcasts, one on SOA governance and the other on SOA and multi-core processing.

In the SOA governance podcast, consultant David Linthicum noted that effective governance involves a lot more than throwing some available technology at the issue. He's looking for the technology to mature significantly as users figure out how to organize the disparate collection of people needed to institute effective governance.

Meanwhile there's an entire range of concerns brought on by multi-core processing. Hardware and software affect each other. One of the long standing problems in IT has been the false perception that different parts of the organization can be oblivious to what happens outside their limited area of interest. Enterprise architecture is not a small pond. It demands you think at an enterprise level, that you take everything into account. How you leverage your infrastructure is as much a part of the plan as how you institute governance or how you design your new services or how you integrate with your legacy systems.

This week, we at will be following up on the JavaOne conference. We have a number of interviews from the show with executives from SAP, BEA Systems, Sun Microsystems, Tibco Software and Red Hat. We ran the first part of the Tibco interview, on Ajax and event-driven SOA, last week and the second part follows today. We've got some extremely candid comments coming about Web services stacks, the state of Java and open source, the status of Web services standards and what constitutes an ESB.

Not everyone agrees with each other in this space and there are vendors that have bet their futures on having properly divined the SOA market. They've got a lot to say and users are going to sort through it in an attempt to build out sensible implementations on their end of the spectrum.

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