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The Most Common SOA Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Published: 15 May 2017

ID: G00327704

Analyst(s): Mark O'Neill , Aashish Gupta , Anne Thomas


Service-oriented architecture is the entry point to modern application architectures. Yet conceptual, design and execution mistakes derail many organizations' SOA efforts. Here, we list the most common SOA pitfalls and corrective actions for application leaders responsible for architecture.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Organizational: Define Clear Objectives and Take an Incremental Approach to SOA Adoption
    • Failing to Define Goals and Success Criteria
    • Taking a "Big Bang" Approach
    • Failing to Address Cultural Concerns
  • Conceptual: Apply Different Types of SOA, as Appropriate
    • Thinking You Can Buy SOA
    • Thinking SOA and APIs Are Different
    • Thinking SOA and Microservices Are Different
  • Implementation: Choose Patterns That Ensure Flexibility and Usability
    • Using Canonical Models
    • Being Service-Centric Rather Than Consumer-Centric
    • Overlooking Event-Driven Patterns

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