The shift towards service-oriented architecture will create new roles within the IT function.
Moving an organization to service-oriented architecture (SOA) will mean that it has to rationalize the services that are used across the organization. Firstly, this will need the role of consolidator – in order to assess what services exist, and to reduce duplication.
Secondly, repository keepers will arise, possibly similar to the database coordinator or data architect of today. This role will be to ensure that the central or federated repositories, which are used by service-oriented applications and composite applications, have all the information that is necessary for good SOA to operate well – service definition information, WSDL, and so on.
Thirdly, the rather novel concept of ‘composers’ will be required – not the musical kind, but business analysts and business process experts that understand how the organization’s processes need to work, and can (in conjunction with users, and hopefully in an iterative manner that delivers rapid value) create composite applications. Developers may still be needed to create new services that can then be used within these composite applications.