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The Globalized world requires SOA

The Globalized world requires SOA 

Continuing the previous blog on The Globalized World requires MDM depicted that how MDM can help organization in current globalized world.


80’s – ERP

In fact ERP in 80’s also helped organizations in streamlining their processes of multiple functionalities. Why ERP was so successful at that time since organizations had to carry out multiple processes manually in multiple systems even though they were interrelated.  In ERP, all the processes of the organizations were taken care by ERP system like material creation, purchase order, sales order, shipping, warehouse management, invoice  etc in all the systems viz SD, MM, PP, FI etc.

ERP being integrated standard software helped the organizations to streamline their core processes across multiple functionalities.


Globalized World – SOA/ESA

SOA is perfect solution for today’s globalized world, in which organizations have heterogeneous, distributed and scattered landscape.  SOA makes sense in similar way the ERP paved ways for organizations.  As the world moved into much broader global platform, the processes also became complex and challenging to maintain across more complex IT landscapes.

For IT; it’s challenge to create and maintain the agile and complex business processes.  With SOA, It eases the pain of integration of new implemented systems, gives immediate control of newly acquired systems of mergers & acquisitions. Moreover there is no need for changing the old systems. SOA can be IT driven also resulting in streamlining, simplifying and improving the processes and intern benefitting the business.



The difference between conventional SOA and ESA (enterprise SOA) is shown in SOA vs. ESA diagram.






  1. Quick streamlining the processes across landscape.

  2. Reduced Integration and Implementation cost. Easy to maintain the landscape. It’s quite easy to create/modify/create a new step across landscape.

  3. Reduced TCO since efforts for integration of landscape are reduced

  4. Increased ROI since reusing existing systems

  5. Fast turn-around for new and changes in Business processes

  6. Improved quality of service by IT through better control over IT landscape

  7. Increased flexibility, Reuse of existing functionality via services, model-driven development via open standards

  8. Better reach by easy integration with Customers and Suppliers.

  9. Bringing more automation  

  10. Paving way for new Innovations


This is first blog in the SOA/ESA domain which is quite late. It’s my basic understanding of SOA capability aligned with the topics (close to my heart) of globalization.

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  • I really like the SOA diagram even if it's far from reality. This is more good SOA vs. bad SOA because even without ESA you can (and should) do the right picture. Anyone who implements the left picture hasn't understood SOA but I guess that's what we will find with some consultants who were just trying to jump the SOA-wagon (I've seen it too often in other areas).