Silos Oriented Architecture (SOA :-)) is a typical architecture pattern used by organizations as they build their structure. Separate people into groups of experts, they believe, create groups that are highly effective and efficient in that domain. You know those silos, HR, IT, Marketing, Sales, etc.
The problem is that once you create a group, you immediately create the “We vs Them” behavior (in some extreme cases even dehumanization of the others). That becomes much worse when you intentionally create barriers between those silos for the efficiency of the group.
It doesn’t matter if you believe that organizations run like well-understood machines or as hard to understand complex systems, in both scenarios, total collaboration and dependencies between groups are vital to your organization’s success. SOA on the other hand, just makes cooperation harder to achieve and creates more dependencies that are needed to sustain the uniqueness of each group.
This pattern actually harms your business more than you think. Try to fight and remove those silos, and you will see how you’re resolving some key and long-term problems you are dealing with (Customer satisfaction will be the first).
Removal of silos or a more wholeness approach of your organization is one of the things that is easy to say and hard to do. If you have already found a way to do it, or you have an epiphany in the future, please share it with us.
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