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Technical Report

Evaluating a Service-Oriented Architecture

  • Abstract

    The emergence of service-oriented architecture (SOA) as an approach for integrating applications that expose services presents many new challenges to organizations resulting in significant risks to their business. Particularly important among those risks are failures to effectively address quality attribute requirements such as performance, availability, security, and modifiability. Because the risk and impact of SOA is distributed and pervasive across applications, it is critical to perform an architecture evaluation early in the software life cycle. This report contains technical information about SOA design considerations and tradeoffs that can help the architecture evaluator to identify and mitigate risks in a timely and effective manner. The report provides an overview of SOA, outlines key architecture approaches and their effect on quality attributes, establishes an organized collection of design-related questions that an architecture evaluator may use to analyze the ability of the architecture to meet quality requirements, and provides a brief sample evaluation.

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SEI

Bianco, Philip; Kotermanski, Rick; & Merson, Paulo. Evaluating a Service-Oriented Architecture (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-015). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8443

IEEE

Bianco. Philip, Kotermanski. Rick, and Merson. Paulo, "Evaluating a Service-Oriented Architecture," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-015, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8443

APA

Bianco, Philip., Kotermanski, Rick., & Merson, Paulo. (2007). Evaluating a Service-Oriented Architecture (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-015). Retrieved December 18, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8443

CHI

Philip Bianco, Rick Kotermanski, & Paulo Merson. Evaluating a Service-Oriented Architecture (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-015). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8443

MLA

Bianco, Philip., Kotermanski, Rick., & Merson, Paulo. 2007. Evaluating a Service-Oriented Architecture (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-015). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8443