Significant progress has been made both on technology and architecture standards. Technology standards focused on middleware products enable interoperability and portability while SOA architecture standards provide guidance to customers as they design and deploy SOA solutions with industry validated, vendor neutral methodologies, taxonomies and terminology.
As companies embrace SOA to create flexible, reusable assets for enabling end to end business solutions the need for SOA standards has become even more evident. There are four very important SOA architecture standards from The Open Group that provide the basis for business to create their SOA solutions. They are:
- The SOA Reference Architecture
- Open Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM)
- SOA Governance
- SOA Ontology
The Open Group SOA Reference Architecture (SOA RA) standard provides guidelines and options for making architectural, design, and implementation decisions in the architecture of service oriented solutions, including the architecture of cloud solutions. The goal of the SOA Reference Architecture standard is to provide a blueprint for creating and evaluating architecture. Additionally, it provides insights, patterns and the building blocks for integrating fundamental elements of an SOA into a solution or enterprise architecture.
The Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM) standard (and International Standard) gives organizations a method to assess their use of services and develop a roadmap for achieving their business goals with SOA. Adoption scenarios for SOA tend to vary considerably, especially when organizations lack a clear roadmap; the vision for how to proceed on their path to SOA adoption. The SOA journey does not start and end with a single project. As an increasing number of organizations continue to incorporate the use of service orientation as the foundation of their IT strategy, it will become increasingly important for them to assess their current state against several dimensions (from the business down to infrastructure) and identify ways to maximize business benefits from their SOA journey.
The SOA Governance Framework has been standardized by The Open Group as a result of collaboration with the industry on IBM’s SOA governance method. It defines governance to be a means establishing and enforcing how people and solutions work together to achieve organizational objectives. Governance helps to ensure that organizations build the right services, in the right way, at the right time, and then manage and reuse those services effectively. SOA governance does this by overseeing the processes of proactively identifying, assessing, building and managing high-value business services and solutions — those that provide the greatest return on investment. This means creating service reuse and providing agility in the ability to manage the business and IT.
Table 1. Table 1. Get the specifications and related material
|The Open Group SOA Reference Architecture (SOA RA) Standard|
IBMs advantage in SOA Reference Architectures
|Current||HTTP Web Page|
IBMs advantage in Open Service Integration and Maturity Model (OSIMM)
|November 4, 2011||HTTP Web Page|
|SOA Governance Framework Standard|
IBMs advantage in SOA Governance Framework
|August 20, 2009||HTTP Web Page|
An overview of the SOA Ontology
|October 2010||HTTP Web Page|
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Heather Kreger is IBM’s CTO of International Standards and lead architect for SOA Standards in Software Group. She has 15 years of standards experience and has led the development of standards for SOA, Cloud, Web services, Management and Java in ISO/IEC, W3C, OASIS, DMTF, and The Open Group. Heather is the author of numerous articles, specifications, “Java and JMX, Building Manageable Systems” book, and editor of 'Navigating the SOA Open Standards Landscape Around Architecture'.