Among the host of new challenges facing SOA and other development efforts are some that are, well, traditional. A prime example is the familiar communications gap between enterprise architects and development teams.
At the Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif., Gartner Analyst Nicholas Gall offered some practical advice for addressing this disconnect. He said that developers and architects appear to reside in separate worlds, but that architects need to be in touch with the real-world issues which confront developers as they deal with SOA.
The specification hand-off is an area to address, according to Gall. Today, the biggest thing architects do is "deliver specs," he maintained. "One of the problems is they are not user friendly," he continued.
"Developers are the architects' end users. [Architects] should do everything [they] can to delight users," he said. " Specification documents should be well-structured and well written, he continued, "and only as formal as necessary."