"The release of the SOA Ontology will significantly benefit the industry considering the increased use of SOA within organizations, especially due to the rise of cloud adoption," said Dr. Chris Harding, the Open Group's SOA Work Group forum director. "It's critical for business and technical executives across disciplines and organizations to have a lingua franca for SOA to ensure the success of their deployments. As with all of the concepts and models developed through the SOA work group, we anticipate the ontology to be a living document that will be updated as the industry evolves and SOA concepts are further refined."
In fact, the SOA Ontology Technical Standard has already been used as the foundational business model for the SOA Repository Artifact Model and Protocol (S-RAMP), a proposed standard for repositories and their use in SOA environments to publish, search for, and retrieve a wide variety of technical documents.
SOA discussion between IT professionals and business people, and among IT professionals themselves, often bog down because of a lack of clarity in the terms and concepts used. The ontology is designed to focus the discussions by providing a common framework where everyone is clear on the terms of the discussion.
The confusion started early, according to Claus Jensen, IBM's Senior Technical Staff Member & Chief Architect for SOA-BPM-EA Technical Strategy. "In most cases, the business side is confused, because nobody gave them a definition," he said. "Over time, people brought in slightly different definitions and conflicting messages. Taking out the uncertainty is never a bad thing."
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