Service Oriented Architecture and Uncle Walter


This little slideshow from Michael Bell is an entertaining metaphor that introduces the concepts of service oriented architectures.

The idea is that Uncle Walter has a business that is set up as silos the way most organizations set up their business processes (via their IT systems). He solves his problem by applying SOA principles.

I think some people may object and say that Bell only mentions business processes--what does that have to do with architectures? Anymore, your business processes and your IT systems architecture are inseperable. You can't fix one without fixing the other.