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Service-Oriented Analysis

Service-oriented analysis represents one of the early stages in an SOA initiative and the first phase in the service delivery cycle. It is a process that begins with preparatory information gathering steps that completed in support of a service modeling sub-process that results in the creation of conceptual service candidates, service capability candidates, and service composition candidates.

The service-oriented analysis process is carried out iteratively, once for each business process. Typically, the delivery of a service inventory determines a scope that represents the enterprise as a whole or a meaningful domain. All iterations of a service-oriented analysis then pertain to that scope, with an end-result of a service inventory blueprint.

A key success factor of the service-oriented analysis process is the hands-on collaboration of both business analysts and technology architects. The former group is especially involved in the definition of service candidates with a business-centric functional context.

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