Microsoft: The SOA road less traveled

there is an article in SearchWebServices.com which talks about Microsoft’s approach to SOA. They talk about how Microsoft is different in everyway in the SOA implementation whereby instead of creating a whole SOA suite, MS is leveraging on Biztalk, WCF and Windows Workflow Foundation to provide a SOA platform. Having said that, SOA as its name suggest, is an architecture after all. So I guess this is why MS is not coming out with a totally new SOA product like the other vendors did. This strategy work well for MS because they have matured products like Windows, Office and Biztalk which just need to be enhanced to provide an end to end experience for developing and deploying SOA applications. The new Office Business Architecture (OCA) seems to aim at this vision where Sharepoint and Office (which almost everyone is familar with) provides a frontend to the backend processes such as workflow, business inteligence and legacy system; benefits is end user will have a single sign on experience to access corporate information under one shop. On the developer side .NET framework provides a common paradigm for OBA to develop application is all kinds of platform as we see more and more Microsoft products being .NET enabled (meaning there is a .NET API available whether or not the product is coded in C++ or managed code).

SOA is abstract as an architecture so this opens up opportunities for vendors to develop their own implementation and innovate on it. Qouting from the article, “Microsoft has an ecosystem and they have a value proposition that’s very solid for that ecosystem. What Microsoft has for what it’s doing is very good. It is what it is.”

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