Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Services is an architectural approach that supports service orientation. It defines, links, and integrates reusable business services which have clearly defined boundaries. In essence, it is a way for building business processes by providing the glue that holds all of the applications tightly together. The basic architecture of SOA is comprised of a service provider, service, and an optional service directory.
SOA is built upon standards that are acknowledged and supported by major IT providers. As a result, software helps with the integration of business processes since it can be quickly and easily integrated within and across their organizations. Therefore, when confronting general business and/or technical problems, the SOA approach can be applied to maximize the benefits of existing assets. SOA can bring an organization’s internal IT infrastructure to a higher, more visible, and manageable level. In fact, SOA actually takes IT to a higher level that is more appropriate for interoperability and heterogeneous environments.
In recent years, most companies have been investing in SOA services technologies. SOA has been recognized to be a vital component in successfully planning for a company’s future. Although the initial investment can be costly, SOA will likely result in increased productivity and efficiency as well as enhanced customer satisfaction.