I came across an article in Government Computer News today by Jeff Simpson (the chief integration architect in BEA's government practice) that said:
"The politics of SOA [in government] will most likely be quite simple".
I couldn't believe my eyes. I had to reread it multiple times time see if that's what it really said. I have to say that strikes me as astoundingly, almost unbelievably, naive.
He goes on to explain:
"Government agencies shall share data proactively and actively encourage other organizations to utilize the shared services of others to the greatest extent possible, or face budget cuts and poor performance reviews"
Sounds good in theory, but this makes the mistaken assumption you can measure actual versus expected reuse (to determine the "performance" of the agency). You can certainly measure actual reuse (with the right tools). But measuring the amount of reuse that should happen can't be done objectively.
So, any measure would have to be subjective and anyone with half decent political skills could manipulate a subjective judgement in any number of ways.
Jeff, do you want to retract your statement about "the politics will be simple" before you dig too deep a hole for yourself?