Service Orientation and Its Role in Your Connected Systems Strategy: Building Distributed Applications

Service Orientation and Its Role in Your Connected Systems Strategy: Building Distributed Applications

Service-orientation is a means for building distributed systems. At its most abstract, service-orientation views everything from the mainframe application to the printer to the shipping dock clerk to the overnight delivery company as a service provider. Service providers expose capabilities through interfaces. Service-oriented architecture maps these capabilities and interfaces so they can be orchestrated into processes. The service model is "fractal": the newly formed process is a service itself, exposing a new, aggregated capability.

Fundamental to the service model is the separation between the interface and the implementation. The invoker of a service need only (and should only) understand the interface; the implementation can evolve over time, without disturbing the clients of the service. Interestingly, the same interface can be offered by many implementations; several key benefits of service-orientation derive from this abstraction of the capability from how the capability is delivered.

This white paper presents the Microsoft Corporation vision for service-orientation and service-oriented architecture in enterprise computing.


Mike Burner Solutions Architect, Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism Group Mike Burner is a solutions architect in the Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism Group. Mike is currently focused on researching best practices for designing, building, and managing service-oriented solutions. For the past seventeen years, Mike has been building large-scale distributed systems, ranging from campus networks to interactive television content-management systems to Internet-scale web services. In his six years at Microsoft, Mike has focused on building technologies for XML-driven collaboration, including both B2B solutions and end-user experiences. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1998, Mike was the Vice President of Engineering at Alexa Internet, where he managed the development of Alexa's Web metadata and recommender services, one of the first super-scalar XML web services.
Microsoft Corporation India Pvt Ltd
20 Oct 2008
18 Oct 2008
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