Feeds

SOA 2.0 madness

Sign the petition, help put a stop to it

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Fed up with big analyst firms and IT vendors inventing divisive vocabulary and creating hype to further their own agendas?

Well, you're not alone. Following an attempt by some of the bigger players to introduce yet another term into the already confused area of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), a group of analysts and SOA specialists, led by industry analyst firm Macehiter Ward-Dutton (MWD), have decided to make a stand.

What's prompted this protest is the invention and promotion of the term "SOA 2.0" by the likes of Gartner and Oracle. In an initial blog entry responding to SOA 2.0 coverage, the normally mild mannered Neil Ward-Dutton of Macehitor Ward-Dutton (MWD) wrote:

I had a conversation at the back end of last year with a seasoned IT industry analyst from another UK firm about why analysts do the job they do. I think there are two camps. One (ours) sincerely believes that analysts should be good stewards of the influence they have - educating, clarifying, abstracting, comparing, acting independently, being measured, etc. It's about filtering out hype and trying to provide practical, independent advice and insight. The other is in this business to make money by whatever means possible. Often that means inventing, or perpetuating, ideas which have marginal value but which sound exciting (and thus tease out vendor marketing cash, and enterprise consulting cash). If ever there was a blatant example of the product of this latter attitude to the IT industry analyst 'profession' (I use that term *very* advisedly), SOA 2.0 is it.

At the centre of the protest is an online petition created by MWD, "because we're dumbfounded at the attempt by certain parts of the IT industry to create and give weight to the term SOA 2.0"".

Neil Ward-Dutton goes on to say: "In part, this petition is an experiment. Many people have discussed the power of the web to aggregate and demonstrate the power of individuals: but it would be good to see if, through this simple web page, we could pressure the protagonists into backtracking on SOA 2.0."

So, if you're feeling a bit anarchistic and want to sign up yourself (we at Freeform Dynamics have already), the petition can be found here. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?