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Enterprise Integration with SOA - Christoph Broecker.
Within today's enterprises, nearly all processes are already supported by IT systems. Further increases in productivity depend on the effective coordination of these systems, an area known as Enterprise Integration. Challenges in this field include technical heterogeneity, dependency management, quality assurance and stakeholder coordination.
SOA can be viewed as an approach towards Enterprise Integration. It promotes services as connection points between different technology platforms and between areas of organisational responsibility. By focusing on the orchestration of services, SOA also provides a blueprint of a more direct expression of business processes.
This tutorial follows on from the presentation of SOA principles given in tutorial T10 and highlights the strong link between Enterprise Integration and SOA. In an interactive style, we explore answers to the following questions:
- Why is Enterprise Integration (EI) so hard?
- How can the typical activities around EI be structured?
- EI, EAI, SOA and BPM - how are all these buzzwords related?
- Is SOA the single answer to the questions of EI?
- What is flexibility and how can we achieve it?
The target audience for this tutorial are industry practitioners as well as researchers interested in practical aspects of system-of-systems integration. This tutorial is partially based on the Zühlke Applied Framework for Integration and Reuse (ZAFIR).