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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Model-driven SOA Emerges

The combination of business process management (BPM) with
service-oriented architecture (SOA) is driving modeling for application
development, according to Steve Hendrick, group vice president of
application development research at Independent Data Corp. (IDC). As
enterprise IT looks for a more structured and consistent way of building
applications so that it can get the SOA benefits of Web services reuse,
modeling from the high level business requirements to the nitty-gritty
processes provides a way to do that, Hendrick said. But it is a trend
that most analysts, himself included, did not expect to emerge so
quickly. Back in the day, developers pretty much stuck with gathering
requirements, which usually ended up gathering dust on a shelf, and
then got down to coding applications. With the adoption of SOA and BPM
and attendant technologies, including business process modeling notation
(BPMN) and business process execution language (BPEL), that approach
is going over the application development waterfall in a barrel.

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