It never fails: The day after I write about something on this blog, I find a really good item that would have fit perfectly with yesterday's topic.
So, of course, since I wrote about Microsoft's emerging SOA strategy yesterday, today I stumbled across this InfoQ interview with Dino Chiesa, Director of Marketing for .Net in the Connected System Division at Microsoft.
This interview goes a long way toward explaining Microsoft's SOA strategy, and even offers examples of how specific companies have used Microsoft's standards and .Net to implement services. A few items, in particular, stood out to me:
While we're on the topic of Microsoft, CIO Insight just published a short feature on how a bank is using Microsoft's Sharepoint Server to build its own Facebook-esque social network.
Wachovia, with its 110,000 employees, is the fourth-largest bank in the United States. The company said its new Web 2.0 knowledge-management platform integrates Web 2.0 services with the company's existing business applications. And it's all possible because Microsoft makes integration easy, according to Pete Fields, Wachovia's director of eBusiness for employees.
Fields' exact quote is:
Microsoft has a relatively rich technology offering, with natural integration across different product sets. Desktop and productivity tools are still so Microsoft-centric that it made sense.
He calls the social networking tool a "proof-of-business-value environment." I certainly hope someone follows up with the company in six months to see how it's working.
Even if you're a Web 2.0 (or Enterprise 2.0) skeptic, check out the article. If I were a betting woman, I'd wager Microsoft's involvement in the project will prompt many IT workers and business managers to ponder how Web 2.0 technologies can be used in the enterprise.