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Service-Oriented Architectures: Myth or Reality?
July-Aug. 2012 (vol. 29 no. 4)
pp. 46-52
Haresh Luthria, Digital Business Strategies
Fethi A. Rabhi, University of South Wales
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has gained significant attention as a means of developing flexible and modular systems. Academic studies of SOA as a systems development philosophy abound, and recent industry surveys indicate that most firms are also actively pursuing SOA initiatives. This article uses a rigorous case-study methodology to examine five main benefits of SOA – business flow transparency, plug-and-play capability, leveraging legacy systems, rapid product development time, and reduced costs – as perceived by the organizations that have implemented SOA. Participants in this study report that not all stated benefits are realised due to, among other things, a failure of service-oriented thinking at an organisational level, problems allocating financial responsibility for services within and between organisations, and a lack of mature tool chains. These issues are significant because they are, according to the participants in the study, critical to leveraging investments in SOA.

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Index Terms:
Service oriented architecture,Semiconductor optical amplifiers,Organizations,Standards organizations,Banking,information systems,service-oriented architecture,information technology
Citation:
Haresh Luthria, Fethi A. Rabhi, "Service-Oriented Architectures: Myth or Reality?," IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 46-52, July-Aug. 2012, doi:10.1109/MS.2011.156
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