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SOA Map: A visualization framework for SOA environments

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176678D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Nov-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Nov-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

SOA Map is a dashboard for visualizing an SOA structure across the organizational layers from the business layer to the underlying IT systems.

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SOA Map: A visualization framework for SOA environments

Author

Ashraf Ul Kabir

SOA is changing Organizations:

When we think what is the impact of SOA in the market we realize that SOA is not only changing the way businesses usually thought of their IT capabilities but also fundamentally changing businesses who are for the first time realizing the importance of SOA as its core drivers for innovation. SOA has given the business the flexibility and freedom of choice that they had long demanded from IT. It is the answer to their age old problems of reducing the time to market of their innovative ideas.

SOA has allowed businesses to be an effective partner with IT for transformation to a more agile, informed and as a result more innovative organization.

Now, businesses are able to think at par

with IT in how best to achieve a certain capability. SOA has not only allowed businesses to define their capabilities as a company but also given them ideas to configure these capabilities into building blocks that can be combined and built upon each other.

The businesses are excited and want to feel and touch SOA, so they can better understand and as a result impact change.

Although SOA has been positioned consistently as the way to bridge IT and business, in reality very few businesses realize SOA as their problem. One of the reasons for that is that there is a lot of effort in making SOA happen across different technologies, in doing so, it is usually explained as an integration solution which the business passes onto IT. We have yet to demonstrate in a

powerful way how SOA can be a reality.

It is easier for IT to realize the benefits of SOA, they see SOA in the same vein as procedural

programmers embraced OOP, they think it is necessary for growth, IT traditionally has been

used to changing technologies and new concepts and is more willing to take the next step. The challenge again is for them to give enough reason for the change to the business. Businesses today are so pressurized with growth and demands that they need to see relevance to their pains when it comes to SOA. SOA only facilitates today in the minds of the business as a long term strategy and that too for the IT. It is difficult for them to understand how SOA is going to help them achieve the 30% growth YoY that is expected of them by the share holders, say for

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instance.

Much of the SOA discussions typically start with IT pains, and studies and graphs all of which further cement the view that SOA is not a reality and merely a formula proposed by the IT industry to solve problems, yet to be proven. I think SOA's best chances are if it is easy to prove the promises within the prospective organization. An organization in this case should not need any outside references but rather their own case studies to help understand the value.

Since embracing...