Service-oriented architectures (SOAs) connect the modern enterprise, providing the essential links between applications, platforms, business processes and data sources. But many enterprises, having embraced SOA for everything from ERP and mobile devices to social networking and cloud computing, now face challenges. Namely, they need to advance their SOA capabilities, programs and oversight to create a more service-oriented enterprise.
The business advantages of SOA include:
• Accessibility: Deliver data and collaboration capabilities to knowledge workers via PCs, portals, mobile devices or composite applications, regardless of where that data resides.
• Agility: Create a flexible SOA foundation that supports quick and cost-effective business strategy changes, by separating business processes from technology.
• Analysis: Enable rapid decision making by giving business leaders real-time, mission-critical business intelligence, backed by analytics, dashboards, reporting tools and mobile delivery.
• Efficiency: Apply SOA to consolidate, streamline and eliminate existing applications, as well as to embrace applications, infrastructure and platforms based in the cloud.
• Value: Connect old and new technology investments, as well as mash-ups, social media, the cloud and more, in a secure, controlled and cost-effective manner.