The Wizard of SOA

Susan Miltenberger, EDUCAUSE Connect, Feb 02, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Some refreshingly blunt coverage of SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) - the much touted Next Big Thing (after 2L, that is). "This is what I don't get: a) we have to pay for it (licensing more products) and b) we have to develop it (and development of SOA applications seems overly complex to me)." Every time I talk to people about the Semantic Web (always in caps) and SOA, they are always talking enterprise. But think about it - when was the last time something developed for the enterprise had any great influence? The things that make real change - and therefore are really the Next Big Thing - are always (always) small, simple and personal. And they tend to be empowering (freeing you from a company rather than locking you to it) and less expensive (free or nearly free, not something you actually have to pay for (hardware excepted)).
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