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Service Oriented Architecture Roadmap: Keeping on Track

Published: 06 July 2009

ID: G00203807

Analyst(s): Chris Haddad, Anne Thomas


Even though every organization seems to be "doing SOA," many will not demonstrate significant and long-lasting benefits. Service oriented architecture (SOA) is an architectural discipline that requires a cultural shift. SOA will impact many aspects--from portfolio strategy, software development processes, infrastructure, governance, organization structure, and roles to team collaboration and incentive systems. In this Application Platform Strategies overview, Service Director Chris Haddad outlines an assessment approach and a roadmap to successful SOA adoption. A roadmap will help an organization set and manage expectations, achieve short-term wins, prove long-term benefits, and keep its SOA initiative on track.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Getting on Track
  • What Is SOA?
    • Comparing SOA to Related Technologies and Initiatives
  • Rewards of Adopting SOA
  • Risks when Adopting SOA
  • Why Will SOA Initiatives Fail?
    • Digging into the Cultural Impediment
  • Recommendations
    • Assess Your Organization's SOA Readiness
    • Develop a Customized Roadmap
    • Market and Sell the Initiative
    • Select an Appropriate SOA Adoption Strategy
    • Apply SOA Patterns
    • Wisely Manage Expectations, Risk, and Investment

The Details

  • SOA Adoption Strategies
    • Micro SOA
    • Macro SOA
    • A Combination Strategy
  • SOA Roadmap Targets
    • Set Up a SOA Program Office
    • Assess Your Organization's SOA Readiness
    • Develop a SOA Adoption Plan
    • Develop a Business Case
    • Plan and Fund Development of a SOA Infrastructure
    • Build the Service Portfolio
    • Institute a SOA Governance Program
    • Establish New Roles



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