Many companies are building Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
initiatives apart from data integration projects. Since information is
one of the key ingredients to creating business value from SOA
initiatives, how could this disconnect be occuring?
A few characteristics of IT projects are causing this application stovepipe to happen.
First, IT has, for decades, continually developed applications or implemented infrastructure on a project-by-project basis. Rather
than viewing their enterprise holistically, companies continually look
at their projects with a narrow focus. Although this limits scope and
maybe improves a project’s chance to be completed, it is shortsighted
since too much overlapping or conflicting work occurs.
Second, IT has a tendency to segment its work by the technology that is used rather than what processes are being built. IT
assumes that since SOA is “new,” it must be different than all the
“mature” data integration software technologies such as ETL, EAI and
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