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Should SOA and Good Architectural Governance Become a Corporate Responsibility?

Perhaps shareholder lawsuits that cancel yearly bonuses will become the new motivator

While few will disagree that the inefficiencies of existing enterprise architectures have reached a critical level, many count on "flying under the radar" of those who look at a company's efficiencies. Let's face it; enterprise architecture is very technical and difficult to understand by the layman. The well-publicized corporate scandals have focused on shady accounting practices and corporate mismanagement while IT has gotten a pass in years past. This will no longer be the case. Today, those who look at value and invest in a company poke around all aspects of a corporation, especially any areas of inefficiencies, including IT. In other words, dysfunctional enterprise architectures devalue the corporation overall and can put the business at risk.

Enterprise architectures, however, can't be fixed simply by bolting some new technology on or building connections between systems. Architecture is, well, architecture, and it requires a great deal of planning and analysis to create a strategy that rejuvenates the enterprise architectures into something that lives up to corporate expectations of business agility and efficiency. So, fixing your architecture could take years, and now is the time to take the first steps toward creating an architecture that serves the needs of the business and not the other way around.

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Dave Linthicum is Sr. VP at Cloud Technology Partners, and an internationally known cloud computing and SOA expert. He is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and blogger. In his career, Dave has formed or enhanced many of the ideas behind modern distributed computing including EAI, B2B Application Integration, and SOA, approaches and technologies in wide use today. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief of SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal.

For the last 10 years, he has focused on the technology and strategies around cloud computing, including working with several cloud computing startups. His industry experience includes tenure as CTO and CEO of several successful software and cloud computing companies, and upper-level management positions in Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he was an associate professor of computer science for eight years, and continues to lecture at major technical colleges and universities, including University of Virginia and Arizona State University. He keynotes at many leading technology conferences, and has several well-read columns and blogs. Linthicum has authored 10 books, including the ground-breaking "Enterprise Application Integration" and "B2B Application Integration." You can reach him at david@bluemountainlabs.com. Or follow him on Twitter. Or view his profile on LinkedIn.

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