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A service‐oriented architecture (SOA) aims to integrate disparate and heterogeneous services, which may be provided by different service providers, to deliver a set of coherent functionalities. Commonly, SOA is achieved through the use of the Web Services (WS) technologies. SOA and WS have existed for quite sometimes and they are strongly supported by major IT companies, including IBM and Microsoft. However, the future of SOA and WS are currently uncertain: despite the benefits of such technologies, their adoption is not as wide‐spread as originally predicted. While some IT professionals see the doom of SOA and WS technologies, others see the absorption of these technologies into other systems, such as cloud computing and control systems.


To understand the advantages/disadvantages, the popularity and the trend of the adoption of SOA/WS technologies in current IT systems, including: general corporate IT systems, control systems (such as SCADA systems and Smart Grid systems) and cloud computing; and to demonstrate the applicability of SOA/WS technologies in cloud computing.


A literature review of existing report from credible sources (such as Gartner reports) regarding the popularity, or the prediction, of SOA/WS in current IT systems; A prototype development to demonstrate the use of SOA/WS technologies in cloud computing; and A theoretical informal analysis of the extent to which the use of SOA/WS technologies has really provided significant benefits to current IT systems.

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Science and Engineering Faculty

Research areas
service oriented architecture, IT, information technology, information systems, survey
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