A flexible architecture is an essential building block to enable business agility. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) can be defined as the underlying structure supporting communication between business functions performed by one entity on behalf of another entity. SOA fosters business agility through several defining characteristics, including: loose coupling (changes to one service do not affect another service), reusability of services, and lower cost of development and assembly of services.
The ultimate objective is to assemble and deploy these functions more quickly and reliably than in previous technologies in order to achieve competitive business advantage. An SOA also helps to better align IT to the business as well as it enables IT to focus more on the business processes and less on the underlying IT infrastructure.
Many companies utilize a variety of technologies and products that run on multiple platforms. The pace of business innovation and change in these heterogeneous environments is often more time, resource and cost consuming than the organization can afford. Organizations are constantly searching for increased business agility - the ability to move quickly and easily with all internal and external touch points. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) delivers an approach that can efficiently provide the flexibility and functionality.
Oracle SOA transforms complex application integration into agile and reusable service-based connectivity by mediating, routing, and managing interactions between services and applications in the enterprise and in the cloud. Requirements for application integration have significantly expanded over the last decade to include support for business activity monitoring, event processing, business rules, B2B integration, and more. Organizations need a unified development, runtime, monitoring, and management interface across these components. Oracle SOA provides a unified approach with a single interface for all of your current and future integration requirements to reduce risk, speed time to market, respond faster to business requirements, and lower total cost of ownership.
Oracle SOA Suite is an essential middleware layer of Oracle Fusion Middleware. It provides a complete set of service infrastructure components for designing, deploying, and managing composite applications. Oracle SOA Suite enables services to be created, managed, and orchestrated into composite applications and business processes. Composites enable you to easily assemble multiple technology components into one SOA composite application. Oracle SOA Suite plugs into heterogeneous IT infrastructures and enables enterprises to incrementally adopt SOA.