According to research by the The Global Language Monitor:
SOA continues its reign as most confusing acronym
The Global Language Monitor is a company that collectively documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language usage worldwide, with a particular emphasis upon the English language. GLM is known for among others its list of High Tech buzzwords. Here is their top 5 of Tech Buzzwords of the Second Decade of the 21st century, thus far (2010, 2011 & 2012) everybody uses but don’t quite understand (with commentary):
- Big Data — Big Data is the biggest buzzword. It has been called the key to new waves of productivity growth, essential to the US place in global economics, and more. Now if only we could agree on exactly what this means and how we get there. (By the way, consider yottabytes: a quadrillion gigabytes. Hint: Just think a lotta bytes.)
- The Cloud — The Cloud, in various manifestations has been ranked No. 1 for 2008, No, 4 overall for the decade, and now as No. 2 for 2012. Still all very nebulous.
- The Next Big Thing — A cliche rendered nearly meaningless by the innumerable daily claims made by VCs, entrepreneurs, college drop-outs, etc. Actually, you can count the history of next big things on your fingers, and possibly toes.
- Social Discovery — Webster’s 1910 definition. “Consisting in union of mutual converse,” might be an excellent corporate strategy.
- Web 2.0 (3.0, and so on) — Ranked as the 1,000,000th English-language word in 2009, it just keeps morphing along.
The Most Confusing Tech Acronym of 2012: SOA (Solutions Oriented Architecture), continuing its Most Confusing Tech Acronym of the Decade reign.
Watch the Mashable video on this list:
Read the full version on The Global Language Monitor.
And a little on SOA
Despite all the effort by numerous people this also shows that it is hard to get a solid grasp of what SOA is. We showed that before by comparing some of the definitions on (web) services and processes. We might learn from this that it is even harder to have as we call it “the business” initiate SOA projects and programs. Even if together with the business we get a clear picture of the benefits of Service Oriented Architecture is, it remains a challenge to lead them through this stuff they don’t really understand. Feel free to share your experiences in the comments…