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1723.1 - Open Group Standard SOA Reference Architecture

This specification presents an SOA RA, which provides guidelines and options for making architectural, design, and implementation decisions in the implementation of solutions. The goal of this SOA RA is to provide a blueprint for creating or evaluating architecture. Additionally, it provides insights, patterns, and the building blocks for integrating fundamental elements of an SOA into a solution or enterprise architecture. Informally, the aim of the SOA RA is to answer some of the key questions and issues encountered by architects, including but not restricted to common questions such as: * The aspects, building blocks, and layers of an SOA that should be considered in designing SOA solutions, establishing enterprise architecture guidelines, or assessing an architecture based on service-oriented principles? * The building blocks that may be needed in each layer of a SOA solution or standardized as part of a enterprise architecture. * The key architectural decisions that should be made when designing a SOA solution, or assessing an architecture that is based on service-oriented principles. * The roles in a project that would benefit from using these principles and guidelines. The SOA RA is used as a blueprint and includes templates and guidelines for enterprise and solution architects as well as software engineering roles within the software development life-cycle. These facilitate and ultimately enable automation and streamlining the process of modeling and documenting the architectural layers, the capabilities and the Architecture Building Blocks (ABB) within them, options for layers and ABBs, mapping of products to the ABBs, and architectural and design decisions that contribute to the creation of an SOA. It is intended to support organizations adopting SOA, product vendors building SOA infrastructure components, integrators engaged in the building of SOA solutions, and standards bodies engaged in the specifications for SOA.
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