Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a business-centric IT architectural approach that supports integrating your business as linked, repeatable business tasks or services.
SOA helps users build composite applications (those that draw upon functionality from multiple sources within and beyond the enterprise to support horizontal business processes).
Implementing SOA and aligning IT with your business goals enables you to achieve business flexibility by quickly adapting to changing conditions and requirements, and it allows maximum reuse of IT assets.
To help you get started with SOA, IBM offers business-centric and IT-centric SOA entry points.
You can begin with the fundamental assets of your enterprise: people, information and processes. Or you can lay the technical groundwork for integration by leveraging the entry points of connectivity and reuse.
Regardless of where you start, IBM SOA entry points can help your business pursue SOA at a pace that suits your needs.
- People: Enables efficiency through interaction and collaboration.
- Process: Offers tools and services to help streamline business process management.
- Information: Enables access to complex, heterogeneous data sources.
- Connectivity: Links people, processes and information for your business.
- Reuse: Extends the value of your previous asset investments.
The SOA life cycle includes four stages: model, assemble, deploy and manage. Underpinning all these life cycle stages are governance and processes that provide guidance and oversight for the SOA project.
IBM’s SOA Certification
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