CBDI-SAE Reference Framework for SOA

The CBDI Service Architecture & EngineeringTM (CBDI-SAETM) for SOA is a comprehensive, defined approach for service architecture including taxonomy, classification and policies together with repeatable service engineering processes that guide the delivery of the agile enterprise, implemented in a knowledgebase with integrity between the architecture concepts, processes, tasks, techniques and deliverables.

Why Service Architecture & Engineering?


If there is no formal agreement and management of architectural style and principles then SOA is almost certainly a waste of money. Consistently high levels of business agility will not happen by accident, it will only happen by design and this requires a step change in the execution of architecture and engineering.

Many SOA initiatives will fail to deliver on the promise of business agility and reduced cost. Good architectural thinking is often ignored by implementing project and program teams. Many organizations are treating SOA as just another technology to be accommodated into their existing practices. They are delivering and using services but there is no structure to their service activity and there is little or no consensus or consistency across the organization on what SOA is, let alone explicit policies and repeatable processes that permit governance. The result is there is something near service anarchy in many corporations as inconsistent, incomplete and duplicative services are delivered by unchanged solution and integration processes.

SOA requires a differentiated approach that is more analogous to a manufacturing and assembly environment, where different classes of service have different, repeatable processes that reflect varying requirements for funding, provisioning, assembly and management. Enterprises need to adopt more mature architecture and engineering processes and practices for delivering and managing IT assets that more closely parallel other engineering disciplines. This is an essential next step to deliver services that are not only fit for purpose, but also deliver future flexibility, utility and cost.

CBDI-SAE provides a defined, structured approach to architecture and engineering tasks and deliverables that provides visible traceability from business requirements to implemented services. The structured approach provides the necessary level of formality over policy implementation to ensure governance over business requirements and architectural policies.


The CBDI-SAE Reference Framework is delivered via the CBDI-SAE Knowledgebase for SOA.

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The Architecture Component of the CBDI-SAE Reference Framework for SOA (pdf)

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