A Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a flexible set of design principles used in systems development and integration. SOA arose because of the inefficiencies of some middleware implementations that use point-to-point or hub-and-spoke architectures. Clients using integration technologies with point-to-point or hub-and-spoke architectures typically found their solution increasingly difficult to maintain as the number of systems increase above a critical point. The issues with P2P and hub-and-spoke architectures coupled with the wide adoption of XML by vendors, much easier than bespoke formats, led to the emergence of SOA.
A number of new entrants have now entered the enterprise integration market with their own SOA tools in addition to the traditional EAI vendors that tend to include a more comprehensive suite of adapters to third party systems.
It is widely accepted that SOA is the future architecture for enterprise integration and significant business value can be realised from and SOA implementation when designed and delivered properly.
An SOA can quickly expose functionality your applications as services, enabling you to can orchestrate workflow processes across system boundaries. An Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is the typical platform to realize an SOA. Much like the traditional EAI tools, an ESB provides salient functionality for messaging, complex event processing, management, routing and mediation.
Why use it?
Using SOA and an ESB enables organisations increase agility, modify business processes faster, introduce or replace technology faster, and streamline business processes.
Integrella consultants’ have delivered over 100 successful SOA and integration projects to Fortune 500 companies across Retail, Utilities, Energy, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Motorsport, Science, Finance and Healthcare industry sectors as well as the large systems integrators. Our resources are even used by SOA product vendors like TIBCO and Oracle.
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