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However, most of the organizations we've worked with are taking a project-driven approach to SOA - namely, addressing tactical integration and composite application requirements with SOA tools. So where does this leave them? Fortunately, companies don't necessarily have to do SOA for the same reasons, or do enterprise SOA. Each of us can do SOA in our own way and still benefit from it. How? You need to answer two key questions: Why are you doing SOA? This question isn't limited to those who haven't dipped their toe into the SOA pond. How are you going to do SOA? How are you going to make sure you don't do it willy-nilly? This article reflects our experiences - synthesized from working with CIOs, IT managers, and architects - of the ways SOA practitioners are addressing these issues. Why Are You Doing SOA? When architects and developers talk about SOA, they discuss W... (more)

Process-Centric Realization of SOA

Agile and adaptive business processes and supporting IT infrastructure are the holy grail of enterprise applications. The industry is heading in the right direction to start delivering on this promise. SOAs (service-oriented architectures) promise to enable businesses to align their business processes to customer needs, and optimize them to improve customer responsiveness and drive efficiency. A process-oriented realization of SOAs is necessary to deliver on this promise. The process-oriented model is based on an SOA component model augmented with an underlying formal model in w... (more)

Best Practices for Securing Your SOA: A Holistic Approach

Service-Oriented Architectures offer a number of potential benefits: They can provide new opportunities to connect enterprises with customers, partners, and suppliers; improve efficiency through greater reuse of services across the enterprise; and offer greater flexibility by breaking down IT silos. But these benefits make security more critical than ever. Why? Services are highly distributed, multi-owner, deployed to heterogeneous platforms, and often accessible across departments and enterprises - and this creates major security issues for developers, architects, and security a... (more)

Supporting the Business Process Lifecycle Using Standards-Based Tools

Business processes integrate systems, partners, and people to achieve key strategic and operations objectives. Examples of business processes include getting and filling orders, processing invoices, reconciling shipping notices and received goods and processing insurance claims and loan applications. The Holy Grail of enterprise computing is adaptive business processes that can be defined, refined, and optimized to respond to changing business environments, government regulations and competitive pressures. This vision has followed us through the evolution of mainframes, Managemen... (more)

SOA in Action Case Study: LibGo Travel

LibGo Travel, one of the largest privately held travel companies in the U.S., provides vacation packages through its retail stores and wholesale distribution channels to consumers, partners, travel agents, and stores. The company wanted to expand its offerings by adding dynamic, branded, and personalized packages. To help execute this idea, LibGo had to bring together our travel partners, including airlines, hotels, and travel aggregators, as well as LibGo Travel's existing heterogeneous systems environment. As a result, LibGo's Next-Generation Travel System (NGTS) is among the m... (more)