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SOA Consultancy What is SOA?

SOA is an acronym for "Service-Oriented Architecture" - an architecture for software development based around reusability and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service).

Traditionally, software components have been tightly coupled, causing software boundaries to become blurred and maintanability/reusability a significant challenge. SOA attempts to address these issues by providing clear boundaries and separation of software components (in the form of services). It also provides the advantages of high interoperability, traceability and scalability.

Why implement SOA?

The benefits of SOA are seen clearly in retrospect. As organisations move towards a collection of loosely-coupled services as opposed to bloated libraries or large, unmaintanable solutions, the increase in development lifecycle speed and clear, maintanable software boundaries become integral parts of the business.

Many organisations are able to create products or variations on existing products with very little extra development by (loosely) coupling their various existing services or by coupling them in different ways. This provides an entirely new approach to product development - products exist only as a combination of the organisation's services.

Implementing SOA can significantly reduce costs, increase performance and scalability and rapidly increase development times.

Scalability is also a huge advantage of moving to a service-oriented architecture. By providing clear boundaries for your organisation's services, a business can save significant costs by only providing server resources to the services that require them. This fits seemlessly with the "cloud computing" model. By only providing the resources to the services (or aspects of your products) that require them, a business will run significantly leaner.

Interoperability is also a significant aspect of the SOA model. Services should be platform agnostic, in that they are purely processing a well-formed message and replying in a similar fashion. At NetShock, our preferred communication model is Microsoft's WCF (Windows Communication Foundation). This provides the abillity to expose services to all platforms (including Java, PHP/Ruby/etc.) as well as being able to "consume" (or connect to) services from other platforms.

By focusing on interoperability, this provides the opportunity for cross-organisation sharing of services. An organisation would have the abillity to offer their services to other organisations or take advatange of another organisation's services (as opposed to developing those in-house).

Overall, SOA has some significant advantages over traditional software architectures and is vital for organisations that want to stay on-top of Web 2.0 and cloud computing.

How can NetShock help?

NetShock can assist your organisation's move or entrance into SOA. Our consultants provide professional, real-world experience in service-oriented architecture including all the libraries, utilities, methodologies an documentation we have devised.

Whether you're looking to move legacy software to SOA or simply change new development architecture, NetShock will provide your organisation with all the support it requires to implement SOA successfully and efficiently.

NetShock offers a complete solution for Microsoft technologies (WCF, BizTalk, Windows Server 2008, Windows Application Server, SQL Server 2008), which includes all conceptual and methodological details, as well as offering a pure conceptual and methodological consultancy.

Contact us today and find out how SOA can enhance your business.