Last week we wrapped up the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration (ADI) Summit in Las Vegas. This is our SOA flagship event. By many attendee accounts the summit was a great success. I’d like to wrap up the fall conference with a few bottom lines (this may look familiar to those who saw my opening keynote) that deserve gleaning.
SOA is indeed a journey and in the keynote I used a personification analogy of building a strong relationship between SOA and IT. Therefore, sticking to the analogy, I asked the audience to think of the conference as a three day relationship building retreat with the keynote as the initial counseling session to kick off the retreat. I played the role of SOA and asked Sue Landry to play the role of my relationship partner IT. I also asked Roy Schulte to join us as our relationship counselor. We then put on a little “play” addressing the major relationship challenges between SOA and IT. We talked about the following IT/SOA relationship challenges:
I Don’t See What I Get Out of This Relationship with SOA
IT Isn’t Ready for This Relationship
SOA Does Whatever It Wants (I Can’t Control It)
IT Has Too Much Baggage
IT Won’t Change
I Don’t See a Future in a SOA Relationship
IT Is Trying to Move Too Fast in This Relationship
The Bottom Line takeaways that goes with each of these challenges are:
- Build SOA business cases and measure success
- Actively mature your organizational SOA competency; don’t simply deploy SOA technologies
- Use governance as the guardian of SOA success
- Capitalize on SOA as a reason for and path toward IT modernization
- Instill new application development thinking and behaviors to realize SOA agility and shareability benefits
- Explore SOA’s evolution to augment your road map and derive deeper value from SOA
- Employ an SOA road map to grow SOA incrementally as a key part of your applications strategy
I’m reiterating these because they are the major messages of the conference and the 70+ presentations, workshops, and round tables were all about working on improving these competencies.
I hope the conference was a productive and enjoyable experience. See you in June at the next ADI summit!