Technical standards unveiled today by an independent alliance of IT suppliers and users aim to help businesses adopt leading-edge thinking in cloud computing and service-oriented architecture (SOA).
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The Open Group, a supplier and technology independent consortium, has taken best practice from businesses at the cutting edge of cloud and SOA.
“As with many Open Group standards, we are documenting the experience of the prime movers in the field and publishing that for the benefit of the community as a whole,” said Chris Harding, forum director for the cloud computing work group.
The Open Group SOA reference architecture aims to help businesses take a cost-effective approach to SOA, and to lay down principles that can apply to any sized business in any industry.
“SOA burst on to the scene five years ago. It went through the famous trough of disillusionment, but the reality is its use has been growing,” said Harding.
A second standard lays down the concepts and architectural building blocks for infrastructure to support SOA and cloud. The Open Group Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure (SOCCI) aims to help organisations identify the key components that underpin cloud computing platforms, and understand how they fit together.
The Open Group has also issued an updated version of its Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM), which helps IT professionals assess an organisation's SOA maturity levels.
It aims to help organisations understand SOA, develop an SOA road map, and assess their SOA maturity.