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Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, A by Elias K. Jo, Vikas Sharan, James Linn, Michael E. Stevens, Scott W. Ambler, James McGovern

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Benefits of an SOA

SOA can be of enormous benefit to the modern enterprise. It provides an important new avenue for integration of applications. Creating new applications under an SOA offers a significant increase in the qualities of availability, interoperability, maintainability, and reliability for those applications. For the enterprise as a whole, the SOA translates into lower operating costs, lower development costs, higher quality, and greater corporate agility.

SOA benefits flow primarily from breaking applications into modules with a well-defined interface contract that leads to very loose coupling between services and applications. Loose coupling between consumer and provider benefits the consumer because consumer applications are effectively ...

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