Thursday, March 22, 2007

A brief history on the creation of SOA Consortium

For those interested following is a brief history on creation of the SOA Consortium

Jan 2005 - BEA launches the effort to establish a SOA Community to focus on accelerate the adoption of SOA, led by Jeff Pendleton, VP Marketing and actively supported by Yogish Pai, the then CTO-IT at BEA.

March 2005 - Intel agrees to joins BEA Systems as a catalyst in establish the SOA Community with both companies taking this message to their respective customer base.

Aug 2005 - First face to face meeting held at BEA Office at Burglington MA attended by a mix of IT Executives, Sr. IT Leadership and Enterprise Architects from 15+ large enterprises. The concensus was that this would have two tracks - one tragetted towards business and other for IT. As all the participants were from IT a concensus was reached that this small team shall start working immediately on some core assets / templates to demonstrate value of such a community. Integration Consortium was also present at this meeting and joined in this effort.

Aug 2005 - Feb 2006
SOA Practitioners work on documenting the best practices referring it as the SOA Blueprint consisting of the following section.

Starting with SOA
SOA Life cycle, SOA Maturity Model

SOA Reference Architecture
The proposed target-state architecture (done to fill in the then current gap in the market) SOA Consortium does not plan to continue working on this, but rather differ this to other bodies like the SOA Working group of The Open Group

SOA Framework
SOA Methodology similar to EA Frameworks

Governance and Organization
Was a gap them - shall now differ this to other bodies like the open group. However, SOA Consortium is currently working on the "Enterprise Architecture of the Future".

Service Lifecycle
Managing the service lifecycle from inception to repurposing or retiring of the service Appendix Commin Vocabulary, Stake holders, etc.

May 2006 - The first version of the SOA Blueprint was publised at the Global Integration Summit at Boston which generated interest from IBM and OMG. Both organziations showed interest in supporting establishing the SOA Community.

September 2006 - In order to eliminate the confusiton of the term SOA Blueprint, especially as OASIS had a TC on this topic, renamed the documents to SOA Practitioners Guide. In addition, the team also included the section on Service Lifecyle and was published to coincide with the BEA Open World at San Francisco

January 2007 - BEA Systems, Cisco, IBM and SAP AG agree to sponsor the SOA Consortium which would be managed by the OMG. The interim leadership team for the SOA Consortium are as follows with elections for this positions to be held in June:

Ashok Kumar, Co-Chair
Avis/Budget, IT Director - Service Architecture

Yogish Pai, Co-Chair
BEA Systems, Inc., Sr. Director, Technology

Richard Soley, Executive Director
Chairman and CEO, OMG

Fill Bowen, Co-Chair Strategy 1

Amit Sinha, Co-Chair Straety 2

Surkah Durvasula, Chair - Strategy 2
VP Enterprise Architecture, Kohl's

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