Gartner Research

Twelve Common SOA Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Published: 26 October 2007

ID: G00152446

Analyst(s): Yefim Natis , Massimo Pezzini


The common mistakes in adopting service-oriented architecture are now well-understood, and, with some effort, they can be avoided. Ignoring these simple missteps can derail the entire effort of introducing the benefits of SOA to the enterprise.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • Two Critical Measures of SOA Success
  • Twelve SOA Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
    • Mistake No. 1: "Irrational SOA Exuberance"
    • Mistake No. 2: Forgetting the Data
    • Mistake No. 3: Leaving SOA to the "Techies"
    • Mistake No. 4: Succumbing to "Not Invented Here" Syndrome
    • Danger No. 5: Starting too Big
    • Mistake No. 6: Starting in the Wrong Place
    • Mistake No. 7: Assuming That Everyone Thinks Like You
    • Mistake No. 8: Choosing Dictatorship to Combat Anarchy
    • Mistake No. 9: Underestimating the Technical Issues
    • Mistake No. 10: Allowing Unshareable Services to Proliferate
    • Mistake No. 11: Excessive Centralization
    • Mistake No. 12: Selling SOA Before You're Ready
  • Conclusions and Recommendations

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