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Service Analysis

by Dinh Khoa Nguyen last modified Apr 26, 2012 12:24
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Domain: Cross-cutting issues
Engineering and Design
Adaptation and Monitoring
Quality Definition, Negotiation and Assurance
(domain independent)

Business Process Management

Service Composition and Coordination

Service Infrastructure

(domain independent)
The service analysis phase is based on a thorough business case analysis whose main purpose is to identify the requirements of a SOA-based implementation. This includes reviewing the business goals and objectives of an enterprise that drive the development of business processes. The analysis phase helps focus SOA initiatives by creating a high-level process map that identifies business domains and business processes of particular interest to an enterprise. Business processes are ranked by criteria related to business value and impact, reuse and high consumption, feasibility and technical viability [Marks 2006]. From the process map business analysts can identify candidate business services that relate to these business processes. Candidate business services are services that have potential value for an organization [Marks 2006]. They can be evaluated based on reuse, business impact, and organizational value, and are subsequently analyzed to find what kind of business logic should be encapsulated in each of them and finally designed. Service analysis helps prioritize business processes and services where SOA can contribute to improvements and offer business value potential and helps centre efforts on business domains within an enterprise that can be mapped to core business processes.

Service analysis aims at identifying, conceptualizing and rationalizing business processes as
a set of interacting Web services. In particular, the analysis phase places emphasis on identifying and describing the processes and services in a business problem domain and on discovering potential overlaps and discrepancies between processes under construction and
available system resources that are needed to realize singular Web services and business
processes. It therefore examines the existing services portfolio at the service provider’s side
to understand which patterns are in place and which need to be introduced and
[Papazoglou 2007]



External Competencies



  • [Marks 2006] E. A. Marks, M.Bell, Service-oriented Architecture: A Planning and Implementation Guide for Business and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, 2006
  • [Papazoglou 2007] Michael P. Papazoglou, Web Services: Principles and Technology, Prentice Hall,  2007

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