Driven by Web services momentum, service-oriented architecture moves from leading-edge software projects to the mainstream. However, most enterprises are confused about its benefits and don't understand its risks.
Attempted SOA will cause great successes and great failures of software projects. Understanding its role and meaning, beyond the simplistic hype, is the imperative for every enterprise software architect.
Through 2015, service-oriented architecture will transform software from an inhibitor to an enabler of business change, but you must increase investment to achieve this goal. SOA will shift revenue from packaged software to subscription services and from monolithic suites to composite applications.
Service-oriented architectures and service-oriented business applications are beginning to affect companies' IT strategies. The potential benefits are real, but they will demand that changes be made to installed applications.
As enterprises emphasize business processes, they need to establish a business process platform, specific to their needs, to enable business process creation, deployment and monitoring using service-enabled applications.
NetWeaver is redefining SAP's role in the technology market from a pure business application vendor to a vendor that enables business process composition. Key to SAP's transformation is user acceptance of a service-oriented architecture.
Oracle Fusion Architecture incorporates business process management (BPM) and service-oriented architecture (SOA), in a clear declaration of Oracle's mainstream intentions for its future application architecture.