Service-oriented architecture, or SOA, is a software architecture designed to utilize interoperable services grouped around business processes, with the aim of allowing different applications to easily exchange information with each other. The desired end state is a loose coupling of these services with operating systems, programming languages and other technologies underpinning applications. SOA uses many of the same concepts as distributed computing.


SOA Standards Started at the Bottom

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Implementing SOA Not a Matter of If' but When'

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To Get SOA Working in Your Shop, Model It'

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Augmented Reality Gets Real

Augmented reality is the stuff of dreams. It also is the stuff of today, as in smartphones that superimpose pertinent information on the image in the camera's viewfinder. Carl Weinschenk spoke with More >

Integrating Operational Tech with Enterprise IT

Stan Schneider is the CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), a California-based software company that builds high-performance communications and integration software. RTI recently launched a new More >

Modeling Standard Connects Dots Between Architecture and Business

The Open Group recently released an update to the enterprise architecture modeling standard, ArchiMate 2.0. What's new about it is that it aligns with TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM), a More >

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