SOA Practitioners' Guide

09/18/2006

SOA is relatively new, so companies seeking to implement it cannot tap into a wealth of practical expertise. Without a common language and industry vocabulary based on shared experience, SOA may end up adding more custom logic and increased complexity to IT infrastructure, instead of delivering on its promise of intra and inter-enterprise services reuse and process interoperability. To help develop a shared language and collective body of knowledge about SOA, a group of SOA practitioners created this SOA Practitioners' Guide series of documents. In it, these SOA experts describe and document best practices and key learnings relating to SOA, to help other companies address the challenges of SOA. The SOA Practitioners' Guide is envisioned as a multi-part collection of publications that can act as a standard reference encyclopedia for all SOA stakeholders.

The guide is available in three parts:

  • SOA Practitioners Guide Part 1—Why Services-Oriented Architecture? This guide provides a high-level summary of SOA.
  • SOA Practitioners Guide Part 2—This guide covers the SOA Reference Architecture, which provides a worked design of an enterprise-wide SOA implementation with detailed architecture diagrams, component descriptions, detailed requirements, design patterns, opinions about standards, patterns on regulation compliance, standards templates and potential code assets from members.
  • SOA Practitioners Guide Part 3—This guide introduces the Services Lifecycle and provides a detailed process for services management though the service lifecycle, from inception through to retirement or repurposing of the services. It also contains an appendix that includes organization and governance best practices, templates, comments on key SOA standards, and recommended links for more information.