SOA has not failed, Adobe's Enterprise Software successes

Recently I have seen more than a few people jump on the “SOA has failed” bandwagon. My perception is different. I have actually seen many platforms that adopted the core principles of SOA, as defined by the OASIS Reference Model for SOA, flourish and owners reap large rewards.

Adobe’s own platforms are a primary example of this. Having recently written about the differences in patterns of SOA vs REST within the Flash Platform, I now feel compelled to point out that SOA is far from dead. In fact, I received an internal email today within Adobe which clarifies this point. The email outlined the percentages of the top companies that are using Adobe LiveCycle ES or other Adobe enterprise software. This was published in last week’s Adobe interal business intelligence website and while I cannot divulge the raw data sources, I believe this to be accurate.

Fact: Over 27,000 Companies use Adobe Enterprise products (Connect, Flash Builder, LiveCycle).

Fact: These products embrace the concept of services to enable consumers to gain access to block of functionality encapsulated within the software. Acrobat Connect is even deployed using the Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

All Industries
22 of the top 25 global companies, as measured by Forbes, use Adobe Enterprise products.
23 of the top 25 U.S. companies, as measured by Fortune, use Adobe Enterprise products.
23 of the top 25 European companies, as measured by Forbes, use Adobe Enterprise products.

Banking Industry
7 of the top 10 global Banks use Adobe to deliver better customer experiences.
16 of the top 20 U.S. Banks use Adobe to deliver better customer experiences.
23 of the top 25 global Banking companies, as measured by Forbes, use Adobe Enterprise products.
20 of the top 20 U.S. Banking companies, as measured by Fortune, use Adobe Enterprise products.
10 of the top 10 European Banking companies, as measured by Forbes, use Adobe Enterprise products.

Insurance Industry
24 of the top 25 global Insurance companies, as measured by Forbes, use Adobe Enterprise products.
7 of the top 10 U.S. Insurance companies, as measured by Fortune, use Adobe Enterprise products.

This does not sound like SOA is failing to me. In fact, far from it. Services will be around for a long time in the future. Why? The concept of services is durable. It will be relevant over many generations of the same technology and it will also be a form of architecture practiced in new techologies.

One of my friends recently stated that “SOA is dead” then followed it up with “long live services“. This caused my brain to spin a bit. If an architecture has services, wouldn’t that make the architecture ipso facto service oriented? Perhaps I missed something?

If you are new to Livecycle ES and want to get up to speed, do not overlook the benefits of coming to Adobe MAX 2010. Be warned however that space is filling up fast.

Final synopsis: SOA is not dead. Services will continue to be the dominant action boundary between capabilites and consumers of those capabilities who may be from disparate domains of ownership.

Long live SOA!!!

1000+ pages of LiveCycle ES2 content now online via new web version of Tour de LiveCycle

Several months ago, we launched Tour de LiveCycle, a desktop app for navigating 1000+ pages of LiveCycle content. This week, we have taken that same content and made it also available through your web browser. Go to Tour de LiveCycle ES2 Web version at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/livecycle/tourdelivecycle/web One nice feature is that you can bookmark specific content. […]

LiveCycle ES Managed Services go Production!

Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2 (ES2) has now moved into a production environment! Using the moniker “LiveCycle Managed Services”, Adobe is hosting a set of web service that provides an alternative deployment model for most Adobe LiveCycle ES2 modules.

It is offered in partnership with Amazon, the industry leader in IAAS ( yet another acronym using the suffix “ As A Service”; the “I” standing for “Infrastructure) cloud computing and leverages the power and security of the Amazon EC2 platform. I am personally not for using the acronym IAAS as anything that is concretely implemented on this scale is ipso facto infrastructure services (the same as I claimed about DaaS or Data as a Service).

Nevertheless, this is a remarkably cool advancement for Adobe. In a time when many companies are talking about the cloud as “maybe one day in the future”, our engineers have accomplished the dream. LiveCycle ES2 modules available with
Managed Services include:

• LiveCycle Forms ES2
• LiveCycle Reader Extensions ES2
• LiveCycle Rights Managements ES2
• LiveCycle Digital Signatures ES2
• LiveCycle PDF Generator ES2
• LiveCycle Output ES2
• LiveCycle Process Management ES2
• LiveCycle Content Services ES2

The cloud architecture is simple. It effectively uses a client side interceptor to proxy requests bound to a localhost address to a remote endpoint which proxies the services. Below is depicted a typical environment for development however the runtime is essentially the same.


Cloud computing has many advantages. First, by definition, the logical and physical network topologies no longer map to each other. This effectively allows for faster scalability. Adobe also puts 24/7 enterprise level support on this easily making it easier for small and medium sized enterprises to use for mission critical applications. Another advantage is the fact that it costs far less to use the managed version as all admin tasks are shared with other users. Things like backups, monitoring and intrusion detection are done for you at a much cheaper cost. The full power of LiveCycle can be made available to you organization at a much lower cost.

To try it out, run to this URL – http://tv.adobe.com/watch/getting-to-know-livecycle-es2/livecycle-managed-services

Tour de LiveCycle ES2 now available!

Back in May, 2009 we launched Tour de LiveCycle (original blog post), a tool to help developers explore the vast array of features, tools and APIs  in LiveCycle.  This tool covers the entire LiveCycle ES 2 suite which is far more than simply data services.  Topics include process management, rights management, document security, developer tools, […]

Adobe LiveCycle Developer Center gets a facelift!

The Adobe LiveCycle Developer Center website had a major upgrade today that I’m excited to see.  The new layout and content makes it much easier to get in and learn about LiveCycle.  As many of you know, LiveCycle can be a tough thing to get your head around…. the question “What is LiveCycle?” is a […]

LiveCycle ES Pre-Conference Session at Adobe MAX

Every MAX is come with a belief that I will achieve at least 5 hours of sleep per night. Inevitably, the one last drink turns into two then suddenly it is 2:00 AM and sleep is limited to less than 4 hours. Normally I just roll with the punches but today I really wished I had been up an hour earlier to do the entire LiveCycle ES training. I missed the first hour. This class is nothing short of excellent!

The room is SRO with 80 strong in attendance. This session has more attendees than Russell Brown’s Photoshop session! This goes to show that Adobe’s enterprise story is stronger than ever and starting to really pick up in the mainstream.

Oh – if you’re not coming to MAX, you can still get the materials from the course. Stay tuned here for more updates. Gotta get back to Workbench now.

Ciao!

What’s all this LiveCycle noise at Adobe MAX about?

You may have noticed that this year’s Adobe MAX has a lot of noise about LiveCycle ES and you may be wondering what it’s all about.  If you would like to see a good overview of LiveCycle along with some great demos, I recommend you grab one of the remaining seats in Marcel Boucher’s session […]

Avoka SmartForm Composer for Adobe LiveCycle ES

LiveCycle ES is taking a larger role this year at Adobe MAX than in previous years.  There are sessions, labs, pre-conference labs (sold out!) and tons of information about LiveCycle.
In addition to all of Adobe’s activity, I wanted to make you aware of something new from one of our partners, Avoka Technologies called SmartForm Composer […]

Join me in San Jose Aug 19th and explore Adobe LiveCycle and the Flash Platform

If you are near San Jose, CA and are curious about the Adobe Flash Platform and/or Adobe LiveCycle, please join me Wednesday, August 19th at Adobe Corporate Headquarters for a 5 hour demo-filled, action-packed free event. It’s a great opportunity to get introduced to what Adobe has going on in both client-side and server-side […]

Join me in San Jose Aug 19th and explore Adobe LiveCycle and the Flash Platform

If you are near San Jose, CA and are curious about the Adobe Flash Platform and/or Adobe LiveCycle, please join me Wednesday, August 19th at Adobe Corporate Headquarters for a 5 hour demo-filled, action-packed free event. It’s a great opportunity to get introduced to what Adobe has going on in both client-side and server-side […]