If you want to boost your chance of success with SOA, start with the data, advises David Linthicum.
In an August 20 post on Informatica's Perspectives blog, Linthicum says straight-out that one of the most common causes of SOA failure is starting with the application services and ignoring the data:
"In contrast, common patterns of success are SOA projects that start with the data. The SOA architects understand the metadata that's common to all participating systems; perhaps they adjust the data physically and/or through abstraction layers, and build services with a complete understanding of the data, including how data integration will take place."
You've got to get the data right, and more often than not, that means getting the data integration right. It's long been known that data is tricky with SOA - but then again, data is tricky and critical for a lot of enterprise-wide initiatives, as companies are learning, to their chagrin.
Though Linthicum is a well-known SOA expert and blogger, you may not know that he's also written extensively about integration. In fact, most of his books focus on application integration. More recently, he's finished a book on "Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise : A Step-by-Step Guide," which is scheduled for release in October.
Wednesday, Linthicum will be presenting a free webcast-sponsored by Informatica-on "The 'Right Way' to Do Data Integration for Applications." He's very good at breaking down technology issues into an easily digestible format. As an added bonus, Joe McKendrick, another well-known and well-informed SOA expert, is moderating. I've interviewed Linthicum, and I read both his and McKendrick's blogs regularly; I'm sure it will be an excellent webcast.
It's a great opportunity to hear from both directly and maybe even get a few of your own questions answered.
During the webcast, Linthicum will discuss:
The webcast will begin at 12 p.m., ET. Pre-registration is required. Plus, by preregistering, you can go submit any questions you might have. Just scroll down to the comment section.