The very nature of SOA

One of the most critical challenge for organizations is to enhance their effectiveness and efficiency in the execution of “end-to-end processes”.  E2E processes are sequences of business activities triggered by a business event which terminate when the event is handled in all its aspects.
customer-centric organizations must enhance their E2E processes

customer-centric organizations must enhance their E2E processes

Every obstacle (technical or organizational) to the straightforward execution of the process and to its traceability reduces the quality of service perceived by the customer.

Customers are not the only external interface that triggers E2E processes: other stakeholders can be citizens, partners or authorities.

Business processes are progressively integrated in longer and longer value chains that create an unbroken line linking the internal (or externalized) activities with the external terminal interfaces. In this way is much easier to measure the capacity of the organization to stay successfully in the market.

This trend has progressive and radical impacts on the enterprise application’s architecture. The following picture shows a possible evolution in this sense.

horizontal processes vs. vertical application silos

horizontal processes vs. vertical application silos

In order to better execute, control and track horizontal E2E business processes, IT systems have to break the vertical walls, or silos, that software applications build at their borders.

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1 Response to “The very nature of SOA”


  1. 1 sankarsan October 27, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Got to know your blog from LinkedIn.
    Hope to learn more from you in the days to come.


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