Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is being touted as a panacea for enterprises with application overloads. For the IBM i, although SOA has its uses, the technology isn't for everyone.
Written by John Ghrist
SOA is an idea that is still struggling to emerge from a cloud of hype. In principle, it sounds great. Instead of a mass of applications that handle different aspects of an enterprise's business operations, where any software modification might have numerous unintended consequences, SOA seems to promise a menu-like assortment of services for getting things done.