It’s a bad time to advocate service oriented architecture, never mind the irony that banks could benefit greatly from its use. “I deal mostly with C-level executives, and when you talk about SOA, their eyes roll a bit. At some places you can’t even bring it up,” says Chris Howard, vp and service director at the Burton Group in Cincinnati, who consults with many of the country’s largest banks.

Howard says IT architecture implementations are often cast as “legacy modernization” or positioned as a component of merger and acquisition conversions. “So we’re using SOA principals, but using different language.” And Howard’s colleague, Burton vp and research director Anne Thomas Manes recently blogged that “It’s time to accept reality. SOA fatigue has turned into SOA disillusionment” and “SOA has become a bad word. It must be removed from our vocabulary.”

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