First, here are some YouTube videos. They have obviously all come from the same source but I am not sure who takes the credit for these.
SOA is like Lego Blocks, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbd_1G8Kqjs&eurl=http%3A%2F%2F
I have a previous posting on this analogy. Like other commentators for some reason they have not used real Lego blocks in the video. Instead they have used a pale imitation. At least they have called them 'Building Blocks' rather than 'Lego'.
SOA is like Music, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV860odGN5Y
This fits with discussion on SOA orchestration but still does not do a lot for me.
SOA is like choosing what wear, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyHWAiG6c-Y
This analogy took me by surprise and it does not really work for me, but the girl is pretty.
Greg the Architect, http://www.gregthearchitect.com/index.html
If you have not seen 'Greg the Architect' yet, then you are missing out. This is the pinnacle of SOA satire, even if it is the pinnacle of a very low heap. It is produced by the people at http://www.soanowjournal.com/. At the time of writing there are four episodes.
- Greg the Architect SOA
- Greg the Architect ROI
- Greg the Architect Focus Pocus
- Greg the Architect - Off the Grid
SOA Monkey, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM31qu9T3Iw
This one appealed to me. It is seriously off the wall. This monkey knows a bit about SOA though.
The following videos are more informative than entertaining.
There are some good interviews with SOA people of note at http://tv.sys-con.com/read/category/1260.htm . These interviews have advertisements though. I liked one I found on YouTube with the advertising removed 'SOA Power Panel with Jeremy Geelan'. There were a couple of good things I got out of this hour long video. Firstly the quote "Think different. Don't think too long" and secondly eight service characteristics of SOA:
- Point to Point (None of the speakers seemed to agree with this one)
- Self-Describing (This was a ninth one that was added by a speaker)
Tarrant County implements SOA for criminal justice agencies, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIpLllGl1fc
This is advertising for Progress Software but I liked it because I work for a justice agency.
SOA - Service Oriented Architecture Introduction, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRFwswaJpD0
This was a good SOA definition but turn down the sound because the speaker sounds like she is reading a children's story.
Another good source of SOA video is http://www.infoq.com/. I have mentioned these in earlier postings. In the posting 'ESB or not ESB?' I referenced some videos from Mark Richards (http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Enterprise-Service-Bus) and Sandy Carter (http://www.infoq.com/interviews/sandy-carter-soa). In 'AOP: The worst form of Coupling' I use Jim Webber's comments about MEST from http://www.infoq.com/news/2007/08/jim-webber-interview.
Sometimes after a hard day at the office reading pages of IT jargon I find the videos easier to absorb than more text information. I hope you can find something here that is either entertaining or informative.