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SOA Modeling Patterns for Service-Oriented Discovery and Analysis by Michael Bell

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Part IV. SERVICE-ORIENTED CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS PROCESS AND MODELING PATTERNS

The art of the contextual analysis process is simply to understand the essence of a service and modify, tune, enhance, or augment its capabilities to provide an adequate solution to a problem. This is a modeling endeavor designed to efficiently examine a service's purpose and shape its functionality to maximize its contribution. It is also about altering the service's influence and scope of its operations in the environment in which it operates. It is clearly about studying its offered specialties and harnessing them to provide an effective solution to an organizational concern.

The reader might have already recognized that contextual analysis is a modeling exercise that focuses on a service's specialty, the types of offerings it extends, and the spectrum of its influence in the environment in which it operates. This venture enables architects, modelers, analysts, developers, and managers to inspect service capabilities and become acquainted with the solution scope they provide. The final delivery is an analysis proposition that not only verifies the service's capabilities to satisfy business and technical imperatives but also proposes advanced solutions to boost the service's business and technical value proposition and to meet the requirements of a small project or a large business initiative.

The contextual analysis effort is about neither examination of a service's internal structure nor proposing a superior ...

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