The delivery of complex systems aligned to both business and IT strategy, at a lower cost and with increased ROI, is a challenge faced by many CIOs. This challenge does not improve over time; in fact it gets worse, much worse. The problem is that software systems have typically been implemented to resolve a specific set of challenges, using a specific set of technologies, for a specific set of users at a specific point in time.
Over time, these systems evolve organically, eventually becoming monoliths that are difficult to change (particularly where applications are hardwired in traditional ‘point-to-point’ fashion); the technologies on which they are based have been superseded; and the solutions have reached the end of their natural life. The result is that the IT estate is no longer aligned to the business and IT strategy. In a world where company flexibility and agility is paramount, this is a legacy that no CIO wants or can afford.
If Enterprise Architecture provides the blueprint and road map needed to resolve these issues, SOA is the enabler for delivery. Reply’s SOA and Integration Services teams provide the strategy, design, development and implementation expertise companies need to move to a service-oriented architecture or to integrate disparate applications.
More than SOA
One of the key promises of SOA is ‘reuse’, and organisations are becoming increasingly successful at achieving that goal, and benefitting from subsequent cost savings. But, companies must be careful not to fall into the same trap as before by binding the SOA implementation too closely to the technology. This will result not in reuse gains but in rework costs. Factors such as changing standards and maturing vendor technology can lead to vendor or technology ‘lock-in’ or a commitment to a proprietary upgrade path. In short, the company is not master of its own business benefit destiny.
Reply advises a different approach; one that will minimise the impact of change on the design and implementation of SOA; one which focuses around the integration and implementation technologies used; which architects the SOA infrastructure at a logical level of abstraction; utilises selected interoperable standards; and does not bind in preferred physical technology specific implementation detail. The rewards will be seen in reuse ROI rather than rework costs!
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