Microsoft unveils SOA strategy

Microsoft has unveiled a multi-year strategy designed to help businesses create software based on a service oriented architecture.

Microsoft has unveiled a multi-year strategy designed to help businesses create software based on a service oriented architecture.

Dubbed "Oslo," the strategy involves building on the model-driven and service-enabled principles of Microsoft Dynamic IT and extending the benefits of service-oriented architecture (SOA) outside company networks.

As part of a technical road map, Microsoft has made available new tools and guidance to help organisations take advantage of "real-world SOA", including new SOA resources from Microsoft and a host of industry partners.

Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft Business Division said, "The combination of our current software-plus-services approach and the new wave of 'Oslo' technologies will enable IT to deliver high-impact business solutions."

Oslo is designed for applications that cannot easily span the boundaries between technologies, between business and IT, and between an organisation, its suppliers and its customers. As part of "Oslo," Microsoft said it would work to deliver a unified platform integrating services and modelling, moving from a world where models describe the application to a world where models are the application.

The strategy will be supported through the development of existing Microsoft products:

· Server. Microsoft BizTalk Server "6" will provide a core foundation for distributed and highly scalable SOA and BPM solutions, and deliver the capability to develop, manage and deploy composite applications.

· Services. BizTalk Services "1" will offer a commercially supported release of web-based services enabling hosted composite applications that cross organisational boundaries. This release will include advanced messaging, identity and workflow capabilities.

· Framework. The Microsoft .net Framework "4" release will enable model-driven development with Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WF).

· Tools. New technology planned for Visual Studio "10" will support end-to-end application life-cycle management through new tools for model-driven design of distributed applications.

· Repository. There will also be investments in aligning the metadata repositories across the Server and Tools product sets. Microsoft System Center "5," Visual Studio "10" and BizTalk Server "6" will utilise a repository technology for managing, versioning and deploying models.

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