Service-Oriented Architecture

Technology follows function. A company’s competitiveness is increasingly dependent on the availability and performance of its IT infrastructure. The effective interplay of processes, technologies and people must be ensured at all times.

Therefore, the concept of service-oriented architecture (SOA) is forcing the consolidation of numerous isolated applications and is fuelling an increasingly process-related approach. By using SOA, it should be simpler to better integrate information technology into existing business processes.

A company’s IT setup should reduce costs while securing service level expectations and increasing flexibility. However, complex interfaces and difficult to maintain and less flexible stand-alone solutions are often what result in practice, along with high project costs and dissatisfied departments. The danger of standardised solution approaches is that these can be too sluggish and low-performing in practice. ELO document services circumvent this risk by using extremely powerful command structures.

Tried-and-tested in practice and future-proof

In practice, integrating ELO document services via the SOAP protocol has shown itself to be more than sufficiently performing. Using the application services as a protocol has prevailed as the choice in respect of interactive user operations which require fast response times in particular.

XML and Web service technologies have especially proven themselves with regard to interweaving existing applications. They can link ELO in a simple and uncomplicated manner with existing specialist applications in order to ensure the continuous flow of business processes. However, the big advantage not only lies in the quick and stable implementation but also in the maintainability as business requirements change.