Gartner top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2008

Gartner outlined its top 10 strategic technology areas for 2008 and many roads lead to service oriented architecture.

gartner-top10.pngThe top 10 is off to the right and there aren’t any huge surprises. What’s notable are all of the SOA precursors to be found. Business process modeling (No. 3), metadata management (No. 4), mashups and composite apps (No. 6) and Web platforms (No. 7) all add up to SOA down the road. All of those aforementioned items need to be done as large companies adopt SOA.

“SOA isn’t on the list because we are looking at some of the implementation technologies for service oriented architecture,” says Gartner analyst David Cearley. For instance, business process modeling (BPM) isn’t even a technology, but it’s a necessary precursor to introducing new technology. “SOA without BPM will not deliver on its process to the business,” says David Cearley, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Cearley argues that metadata management falls into a similar category. Without the upfront work on developing an information infrastructure SOA will stumble.
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