Why Service-Oriented Architecture?

We are focusing on SOA from an architect’s perspective. Questions an architect usually will ask regarding SOA:

  • What is the driving forces for SOA
  • Why should I consider an SOA approach
  • How do I get started implementing SOA strategies in my application development
  • Do I need new tools and servers
    • If so what particular solution types should I consider
  • If so who are the market leaders
  • What are the big benefits for SOA such as integration
  • How can I judge if SOA would provide a return on my investment
  • What are the market forces driving this and who are the market leaders
  • If I am considering SOA what are the things I need to watch out for