Last week I discussed the fact that this is a great time to start a SOA technology company, and it seems that our friends over in Europe have been listening. Indeed, the number of SOA technology startups in Europe is booming. This is due to the fact that they have access to additional funding these days relative to the United States, and SOA is a huge success overseas with the more innovative companies. Also, European enterprises typically have cultures that do a better job of supporting the changes that SOA requires. U.S. companies have a tendency to be event driven and thus go for quick fixes over longer-term strategy. SOA is a longer-term strategy.
The key to success will be to select a space that has not been addressed or addressed well within the SOA stack. As I pointed out before, there are many problems remaining that existing technology does not address, or does not address well. Understanding those issues is just a matter of looking at the type of work that is being done by the SOA architects out there and find the missing solution patterns.
I think that increasing competition in this space is good. I also suspect that as these European SOA techs gain traction, they will be gobbled up by the larger players here in the States. Everyone has a price. For now, it makes this space even more interesting.