Removing dependencies between business process
and technical infrastructure with SOA
Many of today’s businesses have already moved from rigid siloed application approaches to more
flexible business process focused solutions. This is driving the need for transparency in the underlying
technologies, and for better levels of standardisation and virtualisation of the infrastructure, along with
consideration of the value chain that includes a company’s suppliers and customers.
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• The business is increasingly in charge – the technology must be more supportive
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Windows of opportunity in the business world have shrunk alarmingly (for example, the
lifecycle for many consumer packaged goods is now measured in weeks, rather than months),
and large projects lasting many months are increasingly perceived as incapable of supporting the
business. Flexibility is required, at a far more granular level than has been required in the past.
• Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) are becoming the norm
Organisations are looking to the utilisation of SOA as a means of matching business tasks with
technical functionality. However, an SOA has to be built on a flexible foundation that creates a
platform independent of hardware and operating systems.
• Heterogeneity is here to stay – removing dependencies is key
Organisations have invested heavily in existing hardware and software solutions, and it is
unlikely that wholesale change in the short term will occur. Virtualisation of the underlying
technologies and integration of existing application services points the way towards meeting the
needs of tomorrow’s organisations.
• Now is the time for change
A Service-Oriented Architecture, based upon an open and flexible underlying architecture