SOA implementation and application integration: Test your knowledge

A service-oriented architecture (SOA) is the underlying structure supporting communications between services, defining how two computing entities interact. But do you understand how to justify a SOA implementation to the business and the efficiencies it could bring to your organization?

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Take our quiz to test your knowledge of SOA integration initiatives and best practices -- and follow the links to our stories if you need to refresh your memory.

1. Last year, a survey by SearchCIO.com showed that of the 70% of 168 respondents who had SOA implementations, ___ planned to expand them in 2009.

2. According to the SearchCIO.com survey, what was the No. 1 obstacle to achieving desired results?

3. When choosing between SOA and business process management (BPM), which should come first?

4. True or false: You should plan to eventually expose SOA services to business partners and customers.

5. According to Todd Biske, a senior enterprise architect at $11 billion agricultural company Monsanto Co., what must a SOA initiative justify to the business from the start?

6. On what aspect of SOA do enterprises spend most of their money?

7. What labor-intensive process did the Screen Actors Guild wish to simplify, causing IT to consider a SOA implementation?

8. According to Aleks Buterman, founding partner of IT consulting company SenseAgilityLLC, is SOA a process or a platform?


This was first published in December 2009

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