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VSLive! John deVadoss

Yesterday, Dan and I heard a talk from John deVadoss, Director Architecture Strategy at Microsoft. He delivered the Wednesday Software Architecture Summit keynote titled SA Summit Keynote: Software Architecture on the Edge: Moving Beyond SOA.

John presented the fundamentals of SOA and of Web 2.0 as the basic architectural styles of the enterprise and the consumer space, respectively. He called both of these “edge” architectures. The purpose of his talk was to show some nascent work from Microsoft on how to connect these two different architectural styles.

One of the points he made is that SOA has tended to shift away from the user-centric approaches of previous rounds of enterprise architectures. Of course, Web 2.0 has shifted more towards user-centric approaches than even previous Web architectural styles. Fundamentally, he argues, moving away from the user is a bad thing and the ideas of Web 2.0 can be used to bring SOA back to the users. I certainly agree with him on this point.

So, how do these two come together? John showed an interesting mapping between the fundamentals of these two architectural styles. Interesting, yes, but practical? Right now, no. But that is OK. Clearly this talk was intended to present these ideas to stimulate conversation and dialogue with the community.

It is great to see Microsoft working harder to engage with the developer and software architect communities.

I plan to closely watch how John and his group proceed on this topic — I am very interested in how Microsoft approaches Web 2.0 on every front.

Update: fixed capitalization of deVadoss — interesting business card, name and title are all lowercase.


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    Loosely Coupled Thinking : Spark, Microsoft and Web 2.0 wrote @ February 9th, 2006 at 4:19 pm

[…] Spark, Microsoft and Web 2.0 Dion Hinchcliffe (ZDNet) posted a blog on SPARK –  Spark is an invitation-only event being held the weekend before the MIX 06 conference (Bill Gates and Tim O’Reilly are doing the keynote together).  Spark is an event my team organized to try and bring the SOA, SaaS and Web 2.0 world closer together.  How cool is that?   Speaking of cool – Microsoft is suddenly getting lots of press for our Web 2.0 efforts.  More on this below:   eWeek Microsoft Seeks to Bridge Web 2.0 and SOA  Repost:,1895,1918207,00.asp   eWeek Blogs, Darryl Taft Microsoft Livens Up Itself (With Web 2.0) February 6, 2006 Reposts AppDev:   SYS-CON Media Dion Hinchcliffe’s SOA Blog: The Web 2.0 Mashup Ecosystem Ramps Up By Dion Hinchcliffe February 5, 2006    VSLive! 2 Feb 2006 by Robert W. Anderson   VS Live webcasts 2 Feb 2006 by Ram Gopinathan   So what do you think about Web 2.0?    Filed Under: WebServices-IntegrationandInterop, Service Orientation, XML […]

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