Friday, May 22, 2009

Hypocrites are alive Jim

Anne updated her SOA is dead blog which includes some quotes from analysts and others who are now bemoaning that SOA hasn't delivered, in part because over over-hype and expectations. What is stunning about this (and Anne doesn't call them on it) is that the main reason is exactly what Anne says. Namely that SOA isn't a technology thing, its a practice thing.

So having vendors claiming "we are still shifting products" while analysts who told people to go and buy those products are now complaining that they haven't seen the value really is just a farce.

The reason that SOA has failed for lots of companies is exactly because vendors and analysts pushed people down a route of technology first, assisted it has to be said by the likes of Accenture who pushed the same message.

SOA hasn't failed, what has failed is the next generation lipstick on the pig, buy my technology it will save your problems, do a big project it will fix everything style of IT that has always failed.

SOA isn't dead, but yet again the zombie child that is vendor driven strategy has failed to deliver IT departments the benefits that it should have. The same is beginning to happen around cloud as the zombie possession organisations that are vendor marketing seek to subvert yet another approach, and one which in the case of SaaS has been massively business driven, into re-selling the same technology which has failed before.

The odd thing is that in IT we seem to forget these pronouncements from vendors and analysts, continuing to buy the latest news like a goldfish in an abusive relationship.

SOA was never about the thing that has failed, it was only subverted into that by the zombie hordes who now have fortunately for SOA, but unfortunately for clouds and SaaS, shifted to feast on the new fresh brains in another part of the IT landscape.


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7 comments:

PetrolHead said...

"The odd thing is that in IT we seem to forget these pronouncements from vendors and analysts, continuing to buy the latest news like a goldfish in an abusive relationship."

No we don't forget, we continue to believe that deployment of some technology or another will solve all our problems: IDE's with billions of plugins, maven, C#, RoR, Scala, Erlang, JEE and on and on.

We also continue to believe that vendors are the experts and ignore the seemingly obvious fact that all they really want to do is sell a product, whether it's appropriate to the problemspace or not.

IT needs to grow up and understand that technology selection comes way down the chain and it's the way we think, the teams we create, the environment we setup and how we organise ourselves that makes for big change and quality delivery.

Trouble is most people that are employed by IT are tech magpies that only ever think about code and another widget for their CV. Worse their management are either utterly non-tech or share the same belief.

In summary you have the majority overruling the minority. So it has always been.....

Dan Creswell
http://www.dancres.org/blitzblog

Steve Jones said...

It is sadly true ADHD combined with short term memory loss are not a good set of foundations for an engineering industry.

Maurizio said...

100% agree with Steve and Dan. I have experienced what you describe while working with some vendors. Analysts have been supporting the wrong technological view of SOA basically because vendors paid them to write so.

I think that a market is shaped more by demand than offering: many customer still doesn't have culturally prepared IT departments, so they bought any kind of crap. I have elaborated a simple explanation for this: most IT departments are now ran by bad IT managers who were bad programmers during the New Economy bubble in the late 90s: it is a garbage collection problem...

Noons said...

"SOA hasn't failed, what has failed is the next generation lipstick on the pig, buy my technology it will save your problems, do a big project it will fix everything style of IT that has always failed."



Amen to that! If only those responsible for spreading the news on SOA had not relied on this kind to push the message...

Peter Evans-Greenwood said...

Unfortunately too many people's jobs and careers rely on everything getting bigger, even on the client side. Project managers and architects are particularly guilty of this, defining themselves and their careers by how big their last project was. Small, smart SOA projects are banned, mainly because they don't line up with someone's personal aspirations.

tjain said...

My long answer on death of SOA http://architecture-soa-bpm-eai.blogspot.com/2009/03/is-soa-dead-nope.html

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