Service Oriented Architecture Demystified

A pragmatic approach to SOA for the IT executive
Book Type: Intel Press Books
Category: IT Best Practices

Is your organization ready to adopt a service oriented approach to information technology? Have you ever wondered if Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) deployments in other organizations have been successful? How did they approach the deployment? The authors of this definitive book on SOA debunk the myths and demonstrate through examples from different vertical industries how a "crawl, walk, run" approach to deployment of SOA in an IT environment can lead to a successful return on investment.

One popular argument states that SOA is not a technology per se, but that it stands alone and can be implemented using a wide range of technologies. The authors believe that this definition, while attractive and elegant, doesn’t necessarily pass pragmatic muster.

Service Oriented Architecture Demystified describes both the technical and organizational impacts of adopting SOA and the pursuant challenges. The authors demonstrate through real life deployments why and how different industry sectors are adopting SOA, the challenges they face, the advantages they have realized, and how they have (or have not) addressed the issues emerging from their adoption of SOA. This book strikes a careful balance between describing SOA as an enabler of business processes and presenting SOA as a blueprint for the design of software systems in general. Throughout the book, the authors attempt to cater to both technical and organizational viewpoints, and show how both are very different in terms of why SOA is useful. The IT software architect sees SOA as a business process enabler and the CTO sees SOA as a technology trend with powerful paradigms for software development and software integration.

SOA can be characterized in terms of different vertical markets. For each such market, achieving SOA means something different and involves different transformational shifts. The vertical markets covered include healthcare, government, manufacturing, finance, and telecommunications. SOA considerations are quite different across these vertical markets, and in some cases, the required organizational shifts and technology shifts are highly divergent and context dependent.

Whether you are a CTO, CIO, IT manager, or IT architect, this book provides you with the means to analyze the readiness of your internal IT organization and with technologies to adopt a service oriented approach to IT.

Please sign in to register your book.

About the Author(s)

Blake Dournaee

Blake Dournaee is currently the product manager responsible for Intel SOA products. As a product manager at Sarvega, he was deeply involved in the development of their flagship XML security, routing, and acceleration appliance products. Blake was a specialist in applied cryptography applications at RSA Security and was a frequent speaker at many RSA conferences throughout the US and Europe. Blake is an established author who wrote the first book on XML Security.

Girish Juneja

Girish Juneja is the director of SOA products at Intel. A co-founder of Sarvega, Inc., an SOA infrastructure company, Girish led the engineering and customer services organizations to develop Sarvega's industry leading core XESOS technology and XML networking products. Girish has held senior technology and management roles at Thomson Financial Services, Verizon, and MCI Telecommunications, with more than fifteen years of experience in the technology industry in engineering, technology strategy, and management roles.

Joe Natoli

Joe Natoli is a platform architect in the Digital Health Group at Intel. Responsible for the end-to-end strategy and architecture for new products, Joe also leads the pilot/concept engineering projects. Joe has held various architecture positions across Intel’s business including e‑Business integration infrastructure, supply chain ERP, enterprise data warehousing and business intelligence, as well as portal deployments. He was founding member and architect of the SOA strategy and planning program for Intel IT, which included development of the overall architecture, best practices, training, production, and POC proof points, as well as the financial return models to monitor program success.

Steve Birkel

Steve Birkel is the Chief Technical Architect for Intel’s Information Technology, where he leads development of technical infrastructure strategy and enterprise integration. He was instrumental in establishing Intel as a leader in Internet e‑Business: his team established the technology backbone for Intel's Web presence and e‑Customer and e‑Supplier capabilities. He has been with Intel for the past thirteen years.