Service oriented architecture, or SOA, is dead but services remain alive, according to a prominent analyst. In her blog, Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director at Burton Group, pronounced SOA dead.
"SOA met its demise on January 1, 2009, when it was wiped out by the catastrophic impact of the economic recession. SOA is survived by its offspring: mashups, BPM, SaaS cloud computing, and all other architectural approaches that depend on 'services,'" Manes wrote.
Instead of becoming a savior, SOA "instead turned into a great failed experiment--at least for most organizations," Manes said. SOA failed to deliver on promised benefits and after the investment of millions, IT systems are not better than before. In some cases they are worse, with costs higher and projects taking longer, she said.
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