More SOA applications
With this article we are closing the series dedicated to compiling examples of SOA applications in the real world. Today I bring you an interesting article that was published a few years ago, where we find several examples of more SOA applications in different sectors.
As you can read in the article, from Banking to Defense, through Government and Health, SOA is being applied more and more often to enhance the efficiency, scalability and maintainability of information ecosystems, efficiently responding to so disparate business needs.
I encourage you to read the full article. It was published in 2010, some years have passed. At this time, those of us who are professionally involved in systems integration have noticed an increase in the interest of companies and public bodies in improving the way their information systems are integrated. Many organizations are taking strategic decisions to replant their information ecosystem, or a generalized modernization of their infrastructures, or a change in the main systems of their business, and on the way, to rethink the way in which they integrate with each other.
And SOA, BPM and EDA appear more and more in their strategic priorities.
It is extremely gratifying and stimulating from a professional point of view, to witness this kind of “awakening” (with permission of J.J. Abrams). At the same time, however, I have to cope with considerable frustration when, as a citizen, I am constantly confronted with a multitude of situations that clearly indicate a lack of or insufficient integration of the information systems behind the offices.
In this sense, the first prize is clearly taken by Justice, from which we have already published a post in this same series collecting cases of success in the United States. Although Spain has recently made a modernizing effort on the judicial system, I am afraid that it will take a few years (perhaps decades) before it begins to see any real positive impact on its functioning.
Even then, I suspect that it will still be far from what should be one of the most carefully analyzed, modeled, orchestrated and integrated information ecosystems of all public services, especially if we consider that we are talking about an absolutely proceduralized sector, and totally documented from the normative point of view (just what we miss in the other sectors).
Meanwhile, we must cope with the overwhelming errors that occur in the 21st century, when information technologies are well prepared to exponentially improve deadlines, the quality of information and its immediacy, and thereby minimize errors in a matter with so much impact in the life of the people who suffer them.
With this entry we close this brief series dedicated to some of the SOA applications in the real world. I do not rule out publishing more SOA applications in future entries, but I prefer to open the subject of the next posts to address new ideas and reflections around systems integration, service orientation and integration project management. Stay tuned and do not hesitate to subscribe and share the content that you find most interesting.