SOA - News, Features, and Slideshows


  • Complexity of IT systems will be our undoing

    Roger Sessions, CTO of ObjectWatch and an expert in software architecture, argues that the increasing complexity of our IT systems will be our undoing.  In fact, he just recently got a patent for a methodology that helps deal with complex IT systems. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with Sessions to get his take on the extent of the problem and possible solutions.

  • SOA growing up and expanding its footprint

    Not too long ago, IT organisations turned to service-oriented architecture (SOA) primarily as a way to integrate enterprise applications. But now large companies are using SOA to create components that can be combined and reused as services across multiple applications.

  • LinkedIn Opens APIs, Clearing Way for New Apps

    LinkedIn announced today the release of its APIs and the launch of its "LinkedIn Platform," which will enable developers to integrate LinkedIn into their business applications and websites.

  • Storm ahead as SOA and cloud clash

    After several gruelling years of implementing life-cycle controls over their web services environments, these IT pros now worry they may have to radically revamp those efforts to keep pace with rogue adoption of outsourced cloud services.

  • People, process and architecture key to SOA success

    SOA may have seemed the saviour of bad software architecture and poor development project planning, but the reality is that it's a complex and difficult venture. Thus, the number of failed SOA projects is about equal to the successful ones.

  • SOA buy for Oracle

    Oracle is to buy ClearApp, a maker of software for managing the performance of composite applications in SOA (service-oriented architecture) environments.

  • Strong growth tipped for SOA in ANZ

    The service-oriented architecture (SOA) market in Australia and New Zealand will grow from an estimated A$221.3 million in 2006 to reach A$748 million by 2010, representing a 36% compound annual growth between 2006 and 2010, according to Springboard Research.
    "ANZ is by far the largest SOA market in the APAC region and it is expected to continue its growth story — riding on the back of a robust services-led economy and competitive business scenario that demands extreme agility," said Michael Barnes, vice president for software research at Springboard Research.
    "SOA uptake in ANZ is dominant among high-growth industries and a large part of the future demand will come from banking and insurance sector, telecom and public sector enterprises," Barnes says.
    Springboard reported that SOA has reached noteworthy penetration levels in banking and financial services and government sectors. All the four major banks in Australia: ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, and Westpac have deployed some form of SOA.
    Similarly, SOA has been adopted by government agencies in Australia and notable SOA implementations in the sector include Australia Post and the Federal Department of Education in Australia and the Ministries of Health and Education in New Zealand.
    "SOA has made remarkable inroads in the public sector. These SOA projects have been driven by governments' desire to better serve citizens, increase their level of transparency, and improve information-sharing across various agencies," Barnes says.
    "Services dominate the Australian economy and they will drive SOA-related investments in the region as a means of enabling improved and more efficient customer care," notes Phil Hassey, country head for ANZ at Springboard Research.
    "At the same time, SOA enables organisations to roll out new services more quickly, which can help improve customer satisfaction and would be a driver for adoption," Hassey says.
    Len Rust is publisher of The Rust Report

  • SOA buys LogicLibrary

    SOA Software, which provides SOA governance automation, has acquired SOA repository and governance vendor LogicLibrary.

  • Best practices in SOA deployment discussed

    While technology and the setting of policies often are cited as being critical to SOA governance, an HP official emphasises another key factor: Having the right personnel.