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Are You Really Ready for SOA?
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Most major organizations claim to have a service-oriented architecture SOA plan. Successful implementation of end-to-end data and business processes integration requires not only a technology architecture but also a parallel business architecture.
In most enterprises, this integration between IT architecture and the business model remains poorly articulated. This gap exists to some extent because of the relative 'newness' of IT as a discipline. During the last 10 years, some CEOs and CIOs have been able to close the dialogue gap.
The struggle for business/IT alignment is decades old. Today, the stakes are much higher because technology is becoming fully integrated into every facet of customer, supplier and employee interactions.
The challenge for CIOs is multifaceted. First, they must grasp the competitive business context of their enterprise and understand the durable processes that drive the business versus organization structures that are perishable. Then they must be able to build a realistic multiyear modernization plan for the enterprise and establish process, data and investment governance structures with the executive team.
The business architecture includes:
The keys to winning with IT today are no different than they were 40 years ago. However, the speed of business has accelerated and the stakes are enormous. SOA-type implementations have increased exponentially the complexity and risk of IT. There are no silver bullets to slay these challenges, but there are great lessons and technological innovations.