SOAs start with services, which are groups
of software components that carry out business processes. At its most
basic, an SOA is a collection of services on a network that communicate
with one another. The services are loosely coupled, have well-defined,
platform-independent interfaces, and are reusable. SOA focuses on business
processes and standard interfaces, helping to mask the underlying technical
complexity of the IT environment.
Multimedia Introduction to Service Oriented Architecture
Come with us on a five-minute narrated slideshow tour of the basics of
SOA, as well as its pros and cons.
Q&A: Service Oriented Architecture
Duane Nickull, chair of the OASIS SOA Technical Committee and senior standards
strategist at Adobe Systems, answered readersí questions about SOA.
A New Blueprint for IT
A service-oriented architecture can be a powerful tool for changing your
businessóor a good way to boil the ocean. The keys to a successful SOA
project are setting limits, mitigating risks, and giving the business
what it wants and needs.
Strategy: How SOA Really Works
In his IT Strategy blog, CIO Executive Editor Chris Koch shares a conversation
he had with Hossein Moiin, vice president of technical strategy for T-Mobile
International, about the how and why of his organizationís SOA.
Building the Compliance Infrastructure
Many (if not most) organizations lack a sufficient motive to establish
an enterprisewide SOA. Yet if you broaden SOA to include an application-aware
infrastructure, the SOA value proposition becomes more compelling.
Briefing: Changing the Landscape of Application Outsourcing
The increasing demand for SOA will have a structural impact on application
outsourcing services, inducing companies to integrate SOA into their outsourcing
strategies and make way for this new wave of development.