Earlier this week, I wrote about the convergence of SOA, BPM and cloud. Largely, what I found focused on how this convergence would benefit IT in managing all these services and give business and IT a means of interpreting between the services offered by IT or the cloud and business services.
But what was missing from that discussion is a look at how this new breed of middleware would help with business goals.
As luck would have it, right after writing it, I stumbled upon this Integration Developer News interview with the general manager of IBM's WebSphere, Craig Hayman, which discusses this very issue. Hayman focuses on the business value of this convergence, and gives specific examples of how the BPM/SOA combination is making trains run faster-I kid you not-in the Netherlands and improving traffic flows in Sweden.
He also discusses how SOA and BPM can work with cloud to create more agility.
It's a very long, very IBM-focused conversation, but it's worth a read, particularly since Hayman discusses two IBM freebies: