Building a Recession - Proof SOA Strategy

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Building a Recession-Proof SOA Strategy

Michael Cot, RedMonk

1Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Save Yourself (First)

Make sure IT is safe & secure Prove your worth to the business


Use IT to make the company money

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You still need to deliver

Customers expect to notice what you sell them

What have you done for me lately You cant let yourself become a utility

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Whats different?

Less slack... ...for longer projects & cycles ...for speculative projects ...for doing the same thing over-and-over To survive, being useful is the best strategy

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Cost, Profit, & Strategy

The Business speaks in terms of money IT can help make money and enable strategies IT needs controls, knowledge, & governance Lean enterprise architecture

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Washing up SOA

The original goals of SOA fit these needs well

Enterprise software takes time to get right While its not the time to be a test run,

SOA is now old

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A Brief History of SOA

From the web WS-* WS-Deathstar REST ESBs

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Where we are now

1. Open source is mature and normal - use it & use it tactically

2. SOA to open up opaque silos - doing more with the same

3. Simplicity means less overhead to deal with in the IT service life-cycle

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Waiting for the gravy train

This simplicity gives you the strategic space to hold out until good times return

Build room to explore quick and easy projects

Take advantage of a more connected world

Examples: Amazon AWS,Tesco API, retro-fitting PCI

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While youre waiting

Re-evaluate your priorities & projects with the new demand for lower cost

Show your worth and the right to get funding Find top areas of complexity; can they be

simplified; should they stay complex?

Remember the goals of SOA - dont throw out the baby

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3 Things To Do Right Now

1. Portfolio analysis for what you need vs. what you desire

2. Determine if you know what you have, and start building a repository if you dont

3. How can you do more with the same?

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ContactMichael Cot


Thank you!


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Credits & Co. Building: Slack: Red Card Wash: WS-Deathstar Book: WS-Deathstar: Road with leaves: Car on road: Slavic whiteboard: Cages & Jersey Walls:

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