Open Group Publishes its First Cloud and International SOA Standards

Today, The Open Group announced three new industry standards to enable businesses to effectively integrate elements of SOA and Cloud Computing into a solution or enterprise architecture. The new standards are:

  • SOA Reference Architecture
  • Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure Framework
  • Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model


SOA Reference Architecture

Provides a blueprint for creating and evaluating SOA solutions. With the release of the SOA RA Standard, enterprise architects now have a common language and approach for creating SOA solutions that meet different organizational needs, and bridge the gap between business and IT.



This specification presents an SOA RA, which provides guidelines and options for making architectural, design, and implementation decisions in the implementation of solutions. The goal of this SOA RA is to provide a blueprint for creating or evaluating architecture.

Additionally, it provides insights, patterns, and the building blocks for integrating fundamental elements of an SOA into a solution or enterprise architecture.

Informally, the aim of the SOA RA is to answer some of the key questions and issues encountered by architects, including but not restricted to common questions such as:

  • What are the aspects, building blocks, and layers of an SOA that I need to consider in designing solutions, establishing enterprise architecture guidelines, or assessing an architecture based on service-oriented principles?
  • What are the building blocks I need to include in each layer of my solution or standardize as part of a enterprise architecture?
  • What are some of the key architectural decisions I need to make when designing a solution, or assessing an architecture that is based on service-oriented principles?
  • How do I increase my chances of gaining benefit from using SOA by taking into account key layers and building blocks with which I may initially be unfamiliar as our company makes it journey through higher levels of maturity? One of the ways in which we can establish a baseline and move to higher levels of maturity is to use The Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM) [21].
  • Which roles in a project would benefit from using these principles and guidelines?

The SOA RA is used as a blueprint and includes templates and guidelines for enterprise and solution architects as well as software engineering roles within the software development life-cycle. These facilitate and ultimately enable automation and streamlining the process of modeling and documenting the architectural layers, the capabilities and the Architecture Building Blocks (ABB) within them, options for layers and ABBs, mapping of products to the ABBs, and architectural and design decisions that contribute to the creation of an SOA. It is intended to support organizations adopting SOA, product vendors building SOA infrastructure components, integrators engaged in the building of SOA solutions, and standards bodies engaged in the specifications for SOA.



Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure (SOCCI) Framework

Is the first Cloud standard from The Open Group, which outlines the concepts and architectural building blocks necessary for infrastructures to support SOA and Cloud initiatives.

Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure (SOCCI) is the realization of this framework for the cloud. This document details the SOCCI elements, the synergies realized through the cohesive application of SOA and cloud-based principles, and the SOCCI Management Building Blocks. It expands upon the relationships between service-orientation and its application to various infrastructure components. Finally, the concepts outlined are explained in the context of a business scenario – Motor Cars in the Cloud.


Participants have specific requirements from the cloud computing infrastructure. We will be elaborating on these requirements. The relationship of the base roles (Consumer, Provider, and Developer) and composite role (Integrator) are described above.



Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model

Delivers a common maturity model, which has now been ratified as an ISO and IEC International standard, for advancing the continuing adoption of SOA and Cloud Computing within and across businesses.

The Open Group SOA Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM) provides consultants and IT practitioners with a means to assess an organization’s Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) maturity level. It defines a process to create a roadmap for incremental adoption which maximizes business benefits at each stage along the way. The model consists of seven levels of maturity and seven dimensions of consideration that represent significant views of business and IT capabilities where the application of SOA principles is essential for the deployment of services. The OSIMM acts as a quantitative model to aid in assessment of current state and desired future state of SOA maturity.




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Latest IASA Perspectives Magazine Published

Looks like today is the day to release Enterprise Architecture Magazine editions. Paul Preiss, IASA founder and president announced the new IASA Perspectives Fall 2010 Edition. I haven’t read it yet but it looks interesting.

Request: One request I would have for both A&G and IASA is to provide an .ePub version of their publications. PDF’s are nice for my PC but I usually read these when I am mobile or lounging and it would be fantastic to use this on my iPad. Let’s say this, it would greatly increase your (publication authors) chances of me reading the content.

Content in this Edition

Foreword By Paul Preiss
Leveraging Architecture to Drive Optimization Within the enterprise it Landscape By Sanjay Agara
Using cArMA Analysis to communicate the value of enterprise technology Architecture Designs By Dr. George W. Anderson
Architecture exegesis 15    the value of Quality in Design When replacing Legacy systems
By Andrea Cifor
The value of enterprise Architecture By Adrian Grigoriu
Architecting for the cloud: A Practical example (including the Knurly Bits) By Rob Linton
Why Are We really Here Anyway? A simple Approach to the Most important Planning Activity By Tom Philbin
About iAsA: iAsA Board of education By Dr. Miriam Grace


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Architecture Journal 19: TechEd 2009 Special Edition


The latest Architecture Journal has just been released. In this edition I published an article on pragmatic approaches to building solution architectures. Keep an eye out for the next edition which I am the co-editor and chief that focuses on Architecture in Turbulent Times.

You can download this issue here: Architecture Journal 19

image Below are all the great articles from the other authors in Journal 19:

  • Mapping Applications to the Cloud
  • Toward an Enterprise Business Motivation Model
  • Developing Parallel Programs
  • Enterprise Social Computing
  • A Pragmatic Approach to Describing Solution Architectures
  • A Language for Software Architecture

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