Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

Service Technology cements the connection between SOA and Cloud Computing

For a while now, I have been blogging about service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles being a powerful foundation for the evolution to cloud computing. In fact, Forbes blogger, Joe McKendrick picked up on this and referenced it in his ZDNet post on 5 signs that SOA has morphed into cloud. So did The Open Group in this article on the Top 5 tell-tale signs of SOA evolving to the Cloud. In other words, there is widespread agreement on the close connection between SOA and cloud computing. So, when I came upon McKendrick's post on Before There Was Cloud Computing, There was SOA, I was wondering what else there is to be said on this subject -- especially from someone who has already highlighted this connection several times across various posts.


In addition to introducing us to the 5th International SOA, Cloud and Service Technology Symposium where The Open Group is one of the partners, McKendrick introduces a new term called Service Technology. This term intrigued me. The fact that there is a whole symposium on this term is exciting to say the least. This term resonates with me because it cements the concept of a service-oriented thinking that technically enables the realization of SOA within the enterprise followed by its sustained evolution to cloud computing.


Even if this is a natural evolution, we must still exercise caution that we don't fall prey to the same pitfalls of integration like the IT world did in the past. I elaborate further on this in this post on The Open Group blog: Take a lesson from History to Integrate to the Cloud.


I was intrigued by another comment in McKendrick's post about "Cloud being inherently service-oriented." Almost. I would slightly rephrase it to Cloud done right being inherently service-oriented. So, what do I mean by Cloud done right. Voila:The Right Way to Transform to Cloud Computingon The Open Group blog.


So, how about you? Where are you with your SOA strategy? Have you been selectively transforming to the Cloud? Do you have "Service Technology" in place within your enterprise?


I would like to know. Something tells me McKendrick will as well.


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