Yesterday, I shared lessons we learned in 2008 about finding success with SOA. My thesis being that, while it was a rough year for SOA, you could learn from the mistakes of the past year and hopefully have better luck in 2009.
But there were actually a lot of SOA success stories in 2008, as Joe McKendrick nicely demonstrates in a three-part series, "Shining Examples of SOA in Action in 2008," on his SOA in Action blog.
True, some of these examples might not fit everyone's definition of a true SOA, but it's still a long list of examples of business problems the service-oriented approach helped solve. Since this blog focuses on integration-and with a nod to the arguments against SOA as a means to integration - I found these examples particularly interesting:
And, despite the ongoing argument about SOA and integration, there have been numerous examples on this blog about how SOA-or something very near like it-can be used to simplify integration.
So, it seems 2008 has not been a total wash for SOA.