Over 7 years ago CBDI published its SOA maturity model and roadmap methodology. Over the years it has been widely used by larger enterprises as well as cloned and copied.
Those familiar with the model will recall that the maturity states use service usage patterns to characterize relative maturity - Early Learning, Integration, Enterprise and the mature state is referred to as the Ecosystem, which “follows” the Enterprise state.
Over the years I have worked with many organizations, assisting them to develop SOA maturity models and roadmaps and in most cases the focus has been on achieving Enterprise capabilities. The Ecosystem, while interesting, has been way beyond most enterprises' vision. That situation is changing, and it's interest in Cloud that is the catalyst.
Today the cloud is in a relatively immature state. But at some point the cloud and SOA maturity models will converge and at that point we should fully expect ecosystem like behaviors including commoditization and the concomitant price and cost reduction, standardization of higher order levels of functionality and massive reduction in cost of integration and deployment. At this point the changes to the IT landscape will be profound. The massive swing to specialized service providers that has happened may well be significantly reversed as mobile enterprise, functional standardization and improved economics become normal.
As usual profound market shifts of this nature will cause rationalization of market players – and in the case of cloud it’s by no means certain that big will be beautiful – because the nature of the cloud can actually favour small players.
It’s not too far fetched to imagine cloud based innovation driving macro economics, in the same way that in the past players such as Microsoft, IBM and Apple to name just a few have had deep impact way beyond their conventional market space.
We are still in the stage of maximum hype. Think SOA - it took 12 years to get here, and we are far from done. Cloud has similar architectural impacts but it's the economic and organizational impacts that may actually take SOA on to the next stage. And that was why all those years ago, I and my colleagues envisioned Ecosystem as the mature stage of the SOA maturity model.
I am working on ideas for updating the CBDI Maturity Model and Roadmap to incorporate and detail Cloud based capabilities, and of course to explore the wider capabilities. I hope to publish some initial work in the December/January CBDI Journal. I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who has interest in this area. I have some questions and would be pleased to dialog on same:
1. Is Cloud part of the SOA maturity model and Roadmap? Or is it a separate, parallel model?
2. What are the major stages in Cloud capability maturity?
And a related question - 3. How and when will the security issue be resolved?
4. How and when, if at all, will standards play a part in the Cloud? Looks a bit like the wild west today!
5. What does the Cloud cost benefit model look like?
Interested in Cloud? You may like to read the CBDI Report on Service Portfolio Planning and Architecture for Cloud Services