Challenges of SOA / Comparison of SOA and traditional apps

Challenges of SOA / Comparison of SOA and traditional apps

Traditional enterprise applications present themselves as islands of data, automation and security. Integration is needed because of the nature of existing enterprise apps.

Islands of Data

  • Each island has its own definition of enterprise objects and information
  • Each Island has information that overlaps with that of other islands, causing data integrity issues
  • No single island can provide a complete picture of the enterprise objects or information
  • Creating a unified view of the enterprise requires integrating information from multiple sources

Islands of Automation

  • Each island focuses on a limited set of activities
  • This causes duplicate functionality across islands
  • Changes need to be coordinated between multiple applications
  • Duplication of business processes

Islands of Security

  • Different locations and mechanisms for security audit trails
  • Different authentication models
  • Difficult to propagate identity across multiple applications
  • Varying privacy concerns across multiple applications

Traditional Applications

  • Built for a single purpose
  • Typically without concerns for other processes int he enterprise
  • Each has its own data-stores
  • Uses + Produces a limited set of the enterprise data
  • Implements a sub-set of the enterprise functionality
  • Has a single set of users

Design + Implementation

Traditional Apps:

  • Function oriented
  • Built to static set of requirements
  • Long development cycles

SOA Solutions:

  • Coordination oriented
  • Built to change
  • Built + deployed independently

Resulting System

Traditional apps:

  • Application Silo’s
  • Tightly coupled
  • Object-Oriented interactions

SOA Solutions:

  • Enterprise Solutions
  • Loosly Coupled
  • Semantic message oriented interactions

Challenges of SOA

SOA services are based on the decomposition of the enterprise semantic data model

Services need to support business processes that can be easily adapted to changing business needs to provide new business capabilities for the enterprise

Architecture and design must provide an enterprise context which influence the design and implementation of services

Traditional architectures (OO, MVC, component based, etc) cant provide the flexibility needed to use IT as a strategic differentiator to provide the enterprise with a competitive advantage.


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