We use cookies and other similar technologies (Cookies) to enhance your experience and to provide you with relevant content and ads. By using our website, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies. You can change your settings at any time. Cookie Policy.

The old show business bromide, It took him 20 years to become an overnight success, can almost apply to Service Oriented Architectures.



SOA is not new. Its been around at least two decades. But its suddenly a hot topic, observed ebizQ Vice President for Strategic Services Beth Gold-Bernstein in the ebizQ webinar Maximizing IT Investments Through Service Oriented Architecture, part of the Managers Guide To SOAs series, sponsored by Magic Software.

For the past twenty years, she said, architects have known SOA is the most adaptable design. But vendors used to tell me, if you mentioned SOA, you increased your sales cycle by a year right there. No one wanted to know about SOA. They just wanted to know about solutions.

SOAs were difficult to build because no one could agree on the interfaces. No one was winning, Gold-Bernstein added.

Then came Web services.

Web services are the first universally-accepted interface, Gold-Bernstein pointed out. They are the standard that everyone finally is agreeing on. And this is really fueling the adoption of SOA from a technical point of view. Its enabling it.

SOA is an application architecture style, similar to the way a client/server architecture is a style, she explained. In SOA, the objective is to have loosely-coupled interactive software services. A software service is a business functionality thats packaged as a service that can be accessed from anywhere. For example, mortgage calculation. Any application can call the service, provide the appropriate parameters, and it returns the answer. You dont need to build a mortgage calculator for each application. A service can run on any platform. Its totally platform-independent. And it can be accessed from anywhere.

SOA enables reuse, because you can have these business services that arent directly tied into, closely coupled with, one particular application. In SOA, you have reusable components that communicate with each other through standardized interfaces. And this is really the key. The standardized interfaces. The Web services.

Why is SOA so hot today? Its really centered around business needs, Gold-Bernstein noted. It certainly seems as if the rate of change has accelerated beyond our ability to keep up. Agility is the new mantra that all businesses are striving for. Agility really means a combination of speed and adaptability: the ability to quickly respond to changes in the business environment, from competitive threats to evolving opportunities. To get there first. And to do that, the underlying infrastructure cannot restrain the ability to respond quickly.

-1-

1  2  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • EDITOR'S BRIEFING
  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!

Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!
View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More