Rocky Lhotka has some sobering things to say about the hype surrounding Service Oriented Architectures, or SOA. He says SOA is about crossing trust boundaries but thinks (consultants will counsel) people to use it within apps and replace their tiers with SOA concepts. This he says will cause huge problems:
SOA is going to cost a lot of people a lot of money, and it will make a lot of other people a lot of money. … Who loses money? The clients who buy the hyped products, or fall for the huge consulting price tags due to FUD or the overall hype of SOA.
He then goes on to say SOA is a “big train wreck just waiting to derail.” As usual Rocky is prescient and pragmatic. He closes with four keys thoughts in his attempt to keep that train from derailing.