NextGenerationSOAbookCoverRelease: The Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl - October 2014
Authors: Thomas Erl,Clive Gee,Jürgen Kress,Berthold Maier,Hajo Normann,Pethuru Raj,Leo Shuster,Bernd Trops,Clemens Utschig-Utschig,Philip Wik,Torsten Winterberg

Innovative service technologies are becoming valuable assets for businesses that need to stay competitive in the face of increasing globalization and market complexity. While computer processing power is becoming faster and cheaper, search engines, instant messaging, and social media channels are generating floods of information that escalate demands for consumable and accessible data.

As the world's economies engage one another through offshoring, outsourcing, and supply chaining, localization is required to accommodate different currencies and languages. Globalization, recession, invention, and communication are some of the driving forces behind a next generation of technologies and practices that revolve around software programs designed in accordance with the paradigm of service-orientation. Such programs, referred to as "services," are expected to do more for less with greater efficiency in order to meet business challenges head-on.

We have reached a stage in the evolution of service-oriented computing where modern service technology innovation is building upon mature service platforms at the same time that proven delivery techniques and design patterns are building upon an established service-orientation paradigm. These developments have made it possible to create service-oriented solutions of unprecedented sophistication.


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: An Overview of SOA & Service-Orientation
  • Chapter 3: A Look at How Services are Defined and Composed
  • Chapter 4: An Exploration of Service-Orientation with the
    SOA Manifesto
  • Chapter 5: An Overview of Service Technology
  • Chapter 6: A Look at Service-Driven Industry Models
  • Chapter 7: A Case Study
  • Appendices
  • Appendix A: Additional Reading for Applying Service-Orientation
  • Appendix B: Additional Reading for Planning & Governing
  • Appendix C: Additional Reading for Cloud Computing


"A must for those who want to jumpstart their learning of SOA. A great starting point in SOA for any IT architect, designer or developer."

- Claude Baillargeon, Senior IT Architect, La Capitale

"What a monumental achievement! This book provides practical insights of Next Generation SOA for practitioner and newbies. It is a must-have compendium for anyone in the field of SOA."

- Jean Bernard Mathias, Tolmai

"SOA makes the world go round! Even more so, with the recent explosive growth of cloud computing and the billions of connected devices and apps. Next Generation SOA gives excellent, practical guidance on envisioning, architecting and designing innovative service-oriented solutions in this new, always-online era."

- Gijs in 't Veld, CTO and Cofounder, Motion10 .

"This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to refresh, or get a handle on the foundations of SOA without delving into the deep technical details & implementation specifics. By working from the principles, the book shows how the SOA concepts and goals have matured, influenced and grown with technologies such as Master Data, Virtualization and Cloud. The book points to other volumes in the series for the depth of detail and technicalities, allowing you to get the broad picture view and without any vendor colouration."

- Phil Wilkins, Enterprise Integration Architect

"Next Generation SOA elucidates the foundational principles of Service Orientation in a concise and insightful manner. The core concepts presented within its pages are indispensable for gaining the insight and understanding to become a competent SOA practitioner. This book will be an invaluable guide as I continue my journey along the Service Orientation path."

- Christian Garcia, Vice President, Conning

"An excellent source for Next Generation SOA Architectural patterns and solution orchestration, reflecting the perceptual mapping and processing of business patterns in alignment with the emerging technological transformation holistically."

- Ahmed Aamer, Sky Computing Pvt. Ltd .

"Whether you're a business decision maker or technologist, this book is a great read for those needing to grasp the complexities of SOA and its evolution to today's emerging Architecture landscape with real scenarios demonstrating the application of Service Orientation."

- Neil Walker, Enterprise Architect/SOA Specialist, Mindtree

"A power packed introduction for newbies and a great reference to SOA practitioners. This book does it all, and explains further in a concise manner the relevance of the service orientation design paradigm for next generation architectures."

- Abhijit Karode, Head of Architecture (AST), iNautix Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.
(a BNY Mellon company )

"This book is a clear, concise and very concentrated resource for relevant vendor-neutral service principles and technologies, for API and Cloud, and definitely beyond. What I like especially is that this is finally a book which incorporates the heritage of the SOA Manifesto to complement the traditional theoretical approach which many books expose, with real-life mechanisms to bring balance (choosing the right priorities) to the decision-making involved with Service Architecture and service-orientation."

- Roger Stoffers, Senior Solution Architect, Hewlett Packard

"The SOA landscape is changing so fast. With cloud, mobile and social media so prevalent today, the conversation about SOA needs to go beyond the basic web service. In "Next Generation SOA", Erl and his team explore the new frontier and introduce the technologies we all need to leverage to stay agile in this fast-paced IT world, which is really what SOA is all about!"

- Karen Patton, Manager Solution Architecture, Shaw Communications

"This book gives a clear overview of what makes SOA stand out now and in the future, while at the same time putting focus on those details that matter. This makes it not only a perfect starting point for novice people in our field, but also a great companion to the other books in the Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl for the more experienced SOA professionals.

Finally, its relatively small size and price makes it an ideal give-away present to those that may not be directly involved in SOA projects but still are or should be interested in the subject at hand."

- Marco Fränkel, Service-Oriented Architect, The Future Group

"Get an overview of how the SOA landscape has changed recently due to the advent of virtualization, cloud computing, big data, and mobile computing. Without getting into the intricacies of implementation, it provides a quick walk-through of concepts required for executives and IT professionals for their next SOA initiative."

- Sanjay Singh, Certified SOA Architect, VP Engineering, ATMECS

"Next Generation SOA offers a fresh perspective on core SOA Design and Technology topics and affirms their relevance for modern industry operating models. It is a must read for any enterprise looking to maximise existing or future investments in SOA technology."

- Nicholas Bowman, Independent SOA Architect

"As I started reading Next Generation SOA, I went through a personal confusion in the contradiction I felt between "Next Generation" and the fact that the book is a "Concise Introduction to Service Technology & Service-Orientation". I found that contradictory until it clicked: the Next Generation SOA is an SOA that has freed itself from its initial dependence on vendor platforms. From then on, it all made sense. As a SOA Certified Professional I have found repeatedly, in the multiple Workshops I have led, that there is a loud cry for a SOA workshop for IT top management. Analysts and Architects all complain about the same thing: top management just do not understand SOA and think it is just a new coat of paint on an old building.

Well, this book fills this gap to a high extent: it is short and concise enough to be read by decision makers, but gives enough basic concepts on many aspects of SOA to actually understand why things in the IT department–and in the business–just will not be the same.

The study case at the end of the book–mainly oriented at legacy issues but useful even for eGov–is superb and will give enough material for study and discussions to a generation of SOA analysts, architects and governance specialists. It even covers SOA Governance nicely.

Just the book you needed for your boss' birthday."

- Yves Chaix, Independent SOA Certified Consultant, Analyst, Architect and Governance Specialist

"Nowadays, various web-based service technologies have expanded and emerged, offering options to industry practitioners to choose the best fit technology for their organization. This book helps you to understand and find out in a comprehensive way the variety of emerged service technologies, along with their importance, key elements, and how service-orientation become the fundamental pillar. As a reviewer for this remarkable book, Thomas Erl's Next Generation SOA: A Concise Introduction to Service Technology & Service-Orientation is an accurate and complete reference of knowledge for those that are passionate to explore and exploit the latest emerged service technology."

- Masykur Marhendra Sukmanegara, Advanced Technology Architect

"I recommend this book both for SOA professionals who want to keep abreast of market trends as for professionals who wish to have their first contact with this universe. It is a very enriching and enjoyable reading."

- Claudia Charro, SOA/BPM professional

"Very good job on publishing/divulging these innovative concepts. As the previous Thomas Erl's SOA series books, this one will help people to have a better understanding the need for a service orientation (not only in IT, but in every aspect of work life)."

- Diego V. Martínez, IT Architect, Zurich Financial Services ArgentinaSOA

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