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SOA 29 Jan 2008 7:13 AM
Jim Webber on Guerilla SOA by billm

Back in September, I posted this on Jim Webber's "Guerilla SOA" concept:

Guerilla SOA - I like it! by billm

I ran across this in the Software News Summary

“Guerilla SOA” became the latest need-to-know bit of software business jargon. Promoted by Jim Webber of ThoughtWorks, Guerilla SOA is the idea of a “well-targeted, lightweight engagements to address specific businessproblems, versus the Big SOA approach promoted by many vendors.”

Turns out Joe McKendrick also covered this in his ZDnet Service Oriented Architecture blog this week, referring to an InfoQ video podcast featuring Jim Weber of ThoughWorks discussing Guerilla SOA.

The idea of tackling SOA as a series of small, incremental, and independently valuable projects is right on target. In fact, this approach is also discussed, albeit by a different name, in the paper “ROI Now Agility Later” by XAware’s founder and Chief Architect Kirstan Vandersluis.

The idea that SOA has to be tackled as a very big enterprise-wide infrastructure initiative guarantees that it will never get done in many, and perhaps most organizations. The guerrilla approach has one huge advantage - it can be done.

Jim continues to promote the Guerilla SOA concept. This from InfoQ :

Presentation: Jim Webber on "Guerilla SOA"

Posted by Stefan Tilkov on Jan 29, 2008 05:46 AM

In one of the most entertaining presentations on the topic ever, Dr. Jim Webber, SOA practice lead at ThoughtWorks, used his presentation at the QCon conference to debunk myths about the mainstream ESB concept. Jim argues that there's an alternative to the typical, heavyweight and expensive approach to introducting SOA and and explains how a lightweight approach can yield real benefits without giving in to vendor pressure. In Jim's opinion, the industry's belief in the ESB as the core concept, at least in the way it's usually used, is fundamentally mistaken. Jim claims that an ESB often ends up being just a thin veneer on an existing mess, and how an approach that doesn't put intelligence into the network is superior.

Don't miss the full presentation (53"), which is not only very interesting from a technical standpoint, but also quite hilarious. (Jim Webber will again be presenting at QCon London 2008, which takes place in March.)


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