Did you hear SOA died again last week? Does this make SOA more dead? Finally dead? Or, on par with Jason from Friday the 13th, deadish, but always lurking for a sequel? Bad analogies aside, this time Anne is much more deliberate in separating “SOA” the marketing term, from s-o-a the practice:
"SOA" as a term has lost its luster, but "SOA" as a practice is essential for all organizations going forward”
So, you could say I was right in my “cheeseburgers are dead, but demand for burgers with cheese is at an all time high” quip from January.
This all brings me back to something I was talking and tweeting about last fall, that “it’s time S-O-A stood for services, outcomes and assemblies”. As I shared with Dave Linthicum, I picked 2009 as the year organizations shift their SOA perspective from infrastructure to solutions. And, that we’d start to hear more frequently from organizations that were early with this business-driven mindset.
This (finally) brings me to the point of this post… If you have a story to tell, now is the time. The SOA Consortium and CIO magazine are once again partnering on a SOA case study contest. Entries are open until June 26, 2009. For more information on the contest, I’m excerpting my post from SOA Consortium Insights:
“Do you have a SOA Success Story? Can you tie your SOA initiative to quantifiable business value and/or IT efficiency? Have you learned lessons that others should know? Did you find a way to persevere despite a tough economic climate and industry noise on SOA’s health? Would you like an opportunity to share your story? Garner industry-wide praise for your well-deserving team? Then, look no further…
The SOA Consortium and CIO Magazine are proud to announce the 2009 edition of our Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Case Study Competition. The competition is open to organizations of all sizes, including government agencies, which have successfully delivered business or mission value using a SOA approach.
Similar to the inaugural contest in 2008, the goal of the SOA Case Study Competition is to highlight business success stories and lessons learned to provide proof points and insights for other organizations considering or pursuing SOA adoption. To qualify for the competition, the SOA project must be complete with demonstrated business results.
Entries will be judged on the complexity of the business problem addressed, the ROI/Business Value achieved (Agility/Innovation/Flexibility/Optimization/Resilience), the level and sophistication of the cross-organizational collaboration (Business/Technical), the usage of SOA approaches and supporting technology and lessons learned. In addition to one overall winner, organizations will be recognized by industry/government.
To learn more about the contest and start your application, please visit the case study contest center on the SOA Consortium Site.
To help us spread the word on real-world SOA success, please tell your colleagues and SOA community friends about our contest with CIO Magazine.
Fine print: Entries are open now through June 26, 2009. Only entries from team members are valid. [Translation: We will screen out vendor submitted marketing case studies.]”
[Disclosure: The SOA Consortium is a client of my company, Elemental Links.]