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SOA definition
SOA is a software design and software architecture design pattern based on reusable software modules, known as services, or Web services, which are composed or orchestrated to provide the functionality of a complete software application. The value of SOA design patterns is to allow the development of SOA-based or service-based business capabilities that are reusabe, standards-based, and enable business and IT agility through business process management (BPM) and event-driven architecture approaches.

SOA Development
How can my enterprise get started with SOA, or refresh our SOA strategy? You must begin your SOA initiative by establishing the business context for it. In other words, you have to begin by knowing how your SOA strategy and roadmap will create a positive outcome for your organization. We like to start with what we call “business imperatives.” Business imperatives are urgent needs that the business must fix or suffer negative consequences, such as losing market share, missing revenue opportunities. In other words, business imperatives are “fix it or else” kinds of business issues. They are business and process “hot spots” that must be fixed right away. They must be addressed immediately. They are very visible and have executive owners identified, budgets assigned, and due dates for completion.

Identifying these business imperatives helps galvanize support for the SOA initiatives and also helps focus SOA efforts on areas that will help achieve business success.

Once you have established the business context for your SOA initiative, you should then do the following:

  • Develop or update Your SOA Strategy, Vision and Goals: Develop or refresh your SOA strategy and vision, goals, and high-level objectives for your SOA initiative based on today’s technology and integration demands, such as Cloud computing, Big data, mobile architecture, legacy application modernization, and social media.
  • Create Business Context for SOA: Identify your business imperatives, as well as business hot spots to focus on. This will help in prioritizing your efforts to maximize business impact.
  • Identify Your Business Services: Services are the enduring critical asset of an SOA, so a repeatable process for identifying and implementing Services must be devised.
  • Determine how SOA and API management approaches will enable or support your business, process and data integration framework in support of Cloud, Big Data, Mobile architecture and social network technologies.

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and API management are  now top priorities in most organizations . The rapid adoption of Cloud, big data, mobile architecture and social networking technologies is forcing organizations to refresh their integration strategies and approaches.  SOA is the de facto enterprise integration and application architecture paradigm today.  If an organization  achieves a mere fraction of the total potential value of SOA, it will still be significant. That is why SOA is such an important initiative. SOA makes too much sense technically and financially to not to implement.

However, successful SOA integration and development is based a robust SOA governance model. We recommend that you explore some of our SOA whitepapers, especially “Excelling in the SOA Red Zone” and the “SOA Bill of Rights” to learn more about effective SOA governance. 

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