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My Loss, Your Gain - SOA Patterns Article

May 21, 2007

Gregor Hohpe
Hi, I am Gregor Hohpe, co-author of the book Enterprise Integration Patterns. I like to work on and write about asynchronous messaging systems, service-oriented architectures, and all sorts of enterprise computing and architecture topics. I am also the Chief Architect at Allianz SE, one of the largest insurance companies in the world.

I just added a new article to my site. There is a lot going on in the area of SOA patterns but not everything that shines is gold. It thought it's time I'd share my thoughts on the intersection between patterns and SOA.


Design Patterns have enjoyed enormous popularity in the software community and have become somewhat of a fad. This can make it challenging to distinguish patterns that convey new knowledge from recipes or tutorials that have been cast into patterns form. This article examines the role patterns play in the adoption of new technologies and architectural styles. In particular it describes why the shift to service-oriented architectures requires us to discover, document, and share new patterns.

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Gregor is the Chief IT Architect of Allianz SE. He is a frequent speaker on asynchronous messaging and service-oriented architectures and co-authored Enterprise Integration Patterns (Addison-Wesley). His mission is to make integration and distributed system development easier by harvesting common patterns and best practices from many different technologies.