End Users To Gain Voice in SOA Blueprints
Finally, it appears that enterprise end users will get their chance to influence the creation of SOA Blueprints for the real world. IDN examines the results of the first OASIS meeting, where vendors of products and services will now work closely with leading enterprise end user firms in banking, manufacturing and other sectors.
Discussions of SOA (Service Oriented Architectures) are about the leave the world of vendor-speak and enter the real world. Or at least that's the hope, as OASIS held its first meeting of the newly-formed SOA Adoption Blueprints technical committee last week.
OASIS SOA Adoption Blueprints TC will seek to define J2EE and .NET neutral patterns or recipes for how end user companies can build SOA projects for their internal enterprise, as well as for B2B integrations, Miko Matsumura chair of the SOA Adoption Blueprints TC told Integration Developer News.
The SOA blueprint aims to provide an easy-to-follow guide to design, test and implementation of a SOA-based solution to a business problem, Matsumura said. Before this committee, SOA was a bit of a closed club, basically consisting of middleware companies and some major platform companies.
But there wasn't much input from database or application companies, and hardly any from implementers, integrators or end users. Now, we're looking to let SOA patterns work take on a completely new character by bringing in all these new voices and points of view," Matsumura said.
"In fact, if we do this right, it will be the end users who gather around and tell us what to do, rather than before, when we've got all the middleware companies telling us all how SOA should work," he added.
Each SOA Blueprint will include key elements, including:
"Each blueprint will provide a community of SOA best practice as well as a clear way to evaluate technology suppliers." He emphasized that the new OASIS Committee remains open to all interested parties, and strongly encouraged SOA implementers, regardless of their size or geographic location, to become involved. Among early end user members of OASIS' SOA Adoption Blueprints TC are Wells Fargo Bank, and several government agencies from the U.S. and overseas.
The SOA Adoption Blueprints TC will work closely with existing SOA/web services standards bodies to maximize the ability of end user companies to get from abstract standards-compliance with SOA guidelines to solutions that work for their businesses.
"A lot of the WS-* work provides a core infrastructure for very interesting SOA projects, but not a lot of companies know how to integrate WS-Security with WS-Policy and reliability and such," Matsumura said. "So, one of our main direction will be to leverage the existing WS-* infrastructure, and provide better instructions for how to build SOA apps on top of that foundation."
The SOA Adoption Blueprints TC will also work closely with other similar efforts, such as OASIS' SOA Reference Model.
The early work being contributed to OASIS as part of this project described the needs of a fictitious enterprise, "Generico," which could be fulfilled by a variety of SOA approaches. Multiple vendor and service providers have already implemented this specification. The OASIS Committee expects that external parties will continue to use these blueprints as patterns for comparable implementation examples.
Vendor members of the OASIS SOA Adoption Blueprints TC include representatives of Adobe Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capgemini, DataPower, Infravio, MW2 Consulting, Raining Data, Satyam, Software AG, and others.