You may not have heard of service oriented architecture yet; and if you have have, you may think it is just a lot of hype.
But if you believe in SOA, you will have noticed that it could be the foundation of a solution to the UK Government's woes in the use of information technology. I have written before here about the potential for a service-oriented architecture to enable government to deliver the benefits of integrated information systems while limiting the civil liberties risks of a large identity database. And in a chapter in a new IBM book about transformation of government services, Capability, Capacity and Reform, I argue that instead of the government's vision of data processing warehouses, the way to create more efficient and customer-oriented public services is to build smaller and more flexible shared service modules based on a common, cross-government IT architecture.
So I was interested to see that Accenture has bet $450 million of its own money over the next three years in developing new service-oriented architecture functionality. That suggests that Accenture agrees that this is more than just hype.
Hat tip: Enterprise Web 2.0