Hi, I'd still like to hear your feedback on this, but wanted to update you on these definitions. Randy Heffner completed editing my report yesterday, and improved the definitions to this:
SOA interoperability is the ability of SOA services and infrastructure to work together by efficiently exchanging information at a specified quality of service level using common formats and protocols, which may be accomplished, at least in part, using mediation.
SOA federation enables diverse domains of SOA services and infrastructure to interoperate seamlessly and transparently as one by delegating among the SOA domains responsibilities such as service location, security, activation, mediation, policy enforcement, ensuring high quality-of-service (QoS), and many others.
So please respond to these new, improved versions!
Thanks, Mike Gilpin
PS: Max, I saw your post. I think you have a good point, that done the wrong way, SOA can be too complex, and that federation can just be an effort to put lipstick on a pig (and yes, I chose that phrase on purpose!). But even in a well planned and good SOA implementation, these issues of interoperability and federation still come up.
One week ago, I reached out to Max J. Pucher, founder of ISIS Payprus Software, to find out how he thought Technology Populism affected companies. Not only did he respond quickly, but he took the time to write an extensive blog post about his thoughts on the topic. Here are some of the highlights of his post.
First, let me tell you what Forrester defines as Technology Populism:
Forrester uses the term Technology Populism to convey that, essentially, today's software implementation inside an organization is driven by employees' individual preferences rather than that of IT departments. While this may not please IT managers, Forrester believes that instead of trying to block users, they should embrace both the rewards and the risks of Web 2.0 in the enterprise.
Although Max agrees that it is time for a change, he does not agree that this change should be called Technology Populism. He suggests that we use the term “IT User Rebellion,” which he explains to be the “dynamic, user oriented, freely customizable interfaces and functions that people find today on the Internet and in Web 2.0 applications.”
GS1 offers the opportunity to standardize the attributes that retailers and their suppliers exchange, reducing the need for retailers to maintain on-boarding portals and for manufacturers to publish their item master data to multiple retailers in multiple formats. Yet anecdotal evidence suggests disappointed adoption particularly in Europe where Forrester hears “things are different” and “retailers can’t use GS1 standards without significant modifications”. I would welcome comments from readers. Are the GS1 standards really only appropriate to the allegedly homogeneous market of North America or are they a universally attractive way to simplify new product introduction? If GS1 falls short of European and international requirements or the requirements of smaller firms then what specifically is lacking?
Forrester's Business & Technology Leadership Forum 2008 is coming up soon — September 23-24 in Orlando, Fla. This event is designed to arm technology and business leaders with emerging organizational, process, and technology practices that balance chaos and control to drive new business value. We have a great speaker lineup this year, with keynotes from: