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SOA

SOA

One strategy that has gained significant impetus over the last few years is to break monolithic applications into small, reusable components. The latest version of this trend, building on the growing popularity of Extensible Markup Language (XML), is known as service-oriented architecture (SOA). SOA lets companies deploy applications more quickly and at reduced cost by promoting reuse and facilitating integration.

The second strategy is to provide infrastructure resources by means of services. This strategy has multiple names, including utility computing, on-demand computing, real-time infrastructure, and service-oriented infrastructure (SOI).

Both SOA and SOI are based on obtaining efficiency and agility by implementing IT systems as layers of services. Although SOA and SOI are independent strategies and based on different technologies (XML Web services compared to networked computing technologies and protocols), delivering a SOA on an SOI platform offers clear advantages, summarized. These advantages include faster deployment, dynamic scalability, improved security and control, and easier cross-enterprise integration. An SOI can be perceived as optimally meeting the infrastructure demands of a SOA.

Both SOA and SOI are based on obtaining efficiency and agility by implementing IT systems as layers of services. Although SOA and SOI are independent strategies and based on different technologies (XML Web services compared to networked computing technologies and protocols), delivering a SOA on an SOI platform offers clear advantages, summarized. These advantages include faster deployment, dynamic scalability, improved security and control, and easier cross-enterprise integration. An SOI can be perceived as optimally meeting the infrastructure demands of a SOA.


Improve the overall alignment of IT with business processes: Web services can be designed to directly implement individual business activities. The expected result is that as business processes change, these services can quickly be rearranged to reflect new workflows.

Control the cost of creating new business applications: Preventing duplication of applications or application services is a major motivation for a SOA. A new application can be created largely through reconfiguration of existing SOA modules. Reusable modules also greatly reduce the development time and maintenance costs, while simultaneously increasing the consistency of the data and quality of the application.

Improve the ability to integrate applications (for example, custom applications, packaged applications, and third-party application services): SOA interfaces facilitate standards-based application integration without the need for special adapters or information bus technology.

Comply with regulations that require confidentiality, concurrency, and integrity of information: A SOA can facilitate the establishment of a "single source of truth" that can be protected, validated, and relied upon better than multiple disparate data sources.

Preserve the investment in existing applications: Existing code and platform-dependent implementations can be preserved as SOA application components or business services modules.

From a technology perspective, building this new, integrated, enterprise wide application architecture on traditional infrastructure can be compared to constructing a new office building on old foundations. Services offered as part of a SOA must be accessible, deterministic, secure, and reliable. The highly granular and distributed nature of Web services makes SOA applications more dynamic, decentralized, and asynchronous than traditional applications. Infrastructure that is not adaptive will rapidly cause performance slowdowns. In addition, traditional infrastructure, lacking a federated infrastructure services layer, makes consistent security, service levels, and overall availability difficult to provide.

SOA and SOI can be pursued as independent strategies, combining them offers many benefits, as illustrated in Figure above.

SOA Offering

Business and IT Alignment
Age Analytics® helps organizations to formalize a clear vision on how IT provides value through alignment with business demands, achieve consensus on how to employ SOA across a multitude of initiatives, maximizing efficiency and synergy, optimizing organizational structures and technology strategies.

Roadmap Development
The goal of a SOA Roadmap is to optimize the implementation of service based applications across current and planned projects and to guide the evolution of an IT organization through the stages of increasing SOA maturity.

Roadmap Development
The goal of a SOA Roadmap is to optimize the implementation of service based applications across current and planned projects and to guide the evolution of an IT organization through the stages of increasing SOA maturity.

Program Management & Governance
In order to truly benefit from SOA it has to be managed in the context of more than one application or project. We establish a SOA program that will let you capitalize on the promises of SOA by scaling it to enterprise level.

Architecture Development
Our SOA Architecture Practice provides your organization with assistance and guidance for the development of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) that is optimized for your particular needs

Implementation: Service Modelling, Design & Coding
Age Analytics® SOA Modelling, Design, and Coding practice provides your organization with assistance, guidance and highly skilled development resources for the successful implementation of new business systems from conception to rollout.

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