Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

Agility, effectiveness and efficiency are the modern cornerstones of business, government and defense. These key goals are the basis for much of the transformation in the way we architect our enterprise and information systems and SOA has emerged as a key enabler.
There has been some confusion in the industry as to the positioning of SOA as a technology or business architecture. SOA, as presented here, is both a business and a technical approach. The SOA approach to organizing an enterprise focuses on agility by treating customers, suppliers and separable parts of the enterprise as a network of services. The SOA approach to technology helps realize these enterprise services with an agile, interoperable and modular technology base. The combination provides a path for transforming the enterprise.
To achieve pervasive business value the architecture of services focuses on how business and technical services work together to achieve business, government or military goals. The focus of architecture is not on “a service” but the network of services that serve a community or organization. SOA is a path to architecting this network of services, incrementally transforming both the enterprise and enterprise systems.