Daily Archives: October 4, 2005

Miracle on 34th Street

I was talking with someone about this yesterday. A real opportunity exists out there to become the Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street. You know, the guy who recommends going to the competitor’s store to find the item on the child’s wishlist if Macy’s doesn’t have it?
Who is going to step up to that role for SOA? By definition an SOA is a style of design or architectural blueprint, not a technology. Therefore an SOA cannot be dependent upon any particular technology implementation, let alone a single vendor’s product.
Yet we still hear from SOA vendors statements like: “The first question to answer when thinking about an SOA is which vendor to select.” This is of course completely backwards. The first thing to think about is the design and only later about its implementation.
Furthermore, if I am a vendor working with customers on mapping technology to SOA designs, I almost certainly know that any single vendor cannot supply every bit of technology for every implementation requirement. Or that even if it can, the vendor does not always have the best product in its class, or the best fit for each and every requirement.
What we need isn’t more self-serving statements that customers have every right to distrust. What we need are honest assessments of vendor capabilities, and the ability to reference, without prejudice, the products of other vendors when they are a better fit than your own.
And I’d like this all in time for Christmas, please 😉