This post was updated to reflect current trends and information.
These days, enterprises and organizations have very complex and advanced IT infrastructures, numerous application systems for accounting, billing, ERP and CRM systems and other business software.
With the development of business, mergers, and acquisitions of companies, frequent introduction of new applications corporate information systems is becoming increasingly fragmented.
Complete one-time refusal of all legacy systems and the introduction of a new information system is inexpedient, and it is impossible to “close” all the enterprise’s needs in IT support by adopting just on single system.
As a result, integration of different heterogenous solutions is playing a key role in the corporate IT environment, and their importance for business is greatly increasing. In most cases, system integration is a forced measure aimed at improving the efficiency of a company’s business processes. So, the importance of system integration is fully adopted by modern enterprises.
Responding to business needs, software manufacturers are constantly improving integration solutions.
The emergence of the SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) concept, is a logical stage in the development of these technologies in order to streamline and simplify integration projects.
What is Service-oriented architecture (SOA)?
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a modular approach to software development based on the use of distributed, loosely coupled, replaceable components, and equipped with standardized interfaces for interoperability over standardized protocols.
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) was introduced in the late 1980s. It was originally presented by CORBA, DCOM, and others. There are several implementations patterns but in fact, SOA can be reduced to a few concepts, and the architecture does not dictate the ways of their implementation:
• User-facing application compatibility.
• Reuse of business services.
• Independence from a technology stack
• Autonomy (independent evolution, scalability, and deployability).
The basis of SOA is the standardization of relationships between applications. Each system has an “input”, where the initial data is set, and an “output”, on which we get the result of processing this data, thus, these fragments need to be connected into one whole.
The main connecting elements are adapters (connectors) that convert incoming data (service request) and output (service results) into a standard form. Due to this, the application can use as a service a wide variety of “users” (including other applications) and for the convenience reasons, it’s necessary to form the consolidated register with the description of existing services and “rules” of their use (Enterprise Service Bus).
In this way, it is possible to connect to the service only if an adapter has been developed to the corresponding application (or database) that converts incoming / outgoing data into a standard form.
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The SOA integration solution is centralized and the Enterprise Service Bus acts as the medium.
An enterprise service bus (ESB) implements a communication system between mutually interacting software applications in a service-oriented architecture (SOA). (Source: Wikipedia)
All customer services communicate in the same way with the ESB: the ESB translates a message to the correct message type and sends the message to the correct consumer service.
SOA standards have already evolved tremendously, and this happened at all levels:
- Modern and diversified adapters
- standardization of interoperability through the transport layer
- description of business processes
SOA standards have been developed and approved by standardization organizations, which comprise the largest vendors. The expansion of the pool of adapters to the most common industrial applications and databases continues – there are only a few hundred adapters at the moment, and partially integration problems are resolved by the expansion of the standard adapter set.
If there is no ready-to-use adapter to the application used in the enterprise, it can be developed in accordance with already established standards, thus providing the opportunity to integrate this application into the corporate IT environment as a service.
One of the main advantages of using the SOA concept is the rapid response of the information system to changes in business processes. SOA allows you to quickly and with minimal changes rebuild the system to new data manipulation schemes.
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