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As more organizations than ever adopt and invest in service-oriented systems, SOA-related technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. In fact, the latest generation of this platform has been termed "SOA 2.0." We talk to Thomas Erl, author and founder of SOA consulting and training company SOA Systems, about how SOA has evolved and where it's headed.
Though some say Microsoft is moving slowly on a SOA strategy, in reality its timing may be perfect, says Robert Helm, director of research for Directions on Microsoft. While the so-called Oslo platform is still a work-in-progress, Microsoft already has a number of SOA-oriented tools on the market, including Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, the Line of Business Adapter SDK and new message adapters for Oracle, SAP and Siebel.
How do you define a service anyway in service-oriented architecture? How do you get them neither too big nor too small, but just right? Enterprise architect Todd Biske explains.
Dave Rosenberg, CEO of MuleSource, defines SOA governance and addresses what companies looking to implement strong SOA governance need to consider. A company that runs only services is rare, so they will need to incorporate the "artifacts" that are part of their IT environment into their governance plan and processes. And no matter how good something sounds in theory, he says, if it doesn't work in the real world, don't force it.