Number 7 in Gartner’s top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009 is Web Oriented Architecture. With Data Value in your mind you could argue that this might be a typo and that we would expect here SOA – Service Oriented Architecture.
The term SOA is introduced already many years ago by Roy Schulte and Yefim Natis – also from Gartner. And even at the time of the introduction of SOA one could start a dispute about the differences between SOA and CBD – Component Based Development. And there are similarities between that dispute and the dispute between WOA and SOA. My take on it is that already from the beginning of ICT or software engineering one is trying to conquer complexity and still remain the benefits of flexibility or agility. The more the technology becomes mature, the more we are able to tackle this paradox.
David Cearley’s take on this strategic technology is that the coming 5 years the standards and technologies still significantly. That web-based solutions will improve that much that global-class solutions that can fulfill enterprise computing needs – the web as the ultimo service oriented architecture. In the data value space we see already an increasing demand and supply of web-based solutions that seamlessly fit in such service oriented solutions – think about all the Cloud and SaaS initiatives. Technologies like – and the global adoption of – SOAP, REST and AJAX definitely gave the right boost to transform SOA into WOA.
Nice sidetrack on SOA vs WOA is that in particular The Netherlands WOA is not a disease anymore (Dutch collective noun for all Sexual Transmitted Diseases). In the past analyst misinterpreted the relevance of Service Oriented Architecture per country on the hits they got on Google, because of that The Netherlands was longtime seen as leading country on Service Oriented Architecture. With WOA that miscalculation can be solved immediately. Value of data – always fun.