Service-oriented architecture (hereinafter SOA) is software architecture models that can help companies adjust to constantly changing business conditions. The introduction of SOAs brings an end to monolithic architectures and their maintenance problems, without the need to create full traditional architectures. SOAs can give additional flexibility to meet IT needs.
Most current problems that companies face arise from excessive use of autonomic systems that are not integrated with each other. The problems of most clients make this evident: the large number of systems, lack of united integration, and data quality and integrity problems. World practice shows that the use of SOA solutions allows most of the problems to be solved.
SOA integration solutions provide many advantages:
- Integration of the new system does not require an understanding of other technologies and solutions used in other systems.
- Integration may be performed gradually, in reference to actual business needs.
- Functions of some solutions can be used within other systems.
Furthermore, SOA solutions have the following characteristics.
- Low cost. Allows organizing unnecessary functionality of the programs and the removal of functionality from outdated and costly applications, as well as maximizing investments.
- Increased flexibility. Use of web services enables easier restructuring or faster reorganization of operational processes and web solutions.
- Increased income. Allows entry into new markets and the attraction of available business opportunities in a new and innovative way, using a set of IT services that are loosely related. Helps to increase market share by offering new and more competitive business services.
- Increased mobility. Presents appropriate programs to businesses more swiftly.
- Increased consolidation. Integrates IT systems between all applications and organizations.