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Service Inventory

A service inventory is an independently standardized and governed collection of complementary services within a boundary that represents an enterprise or a meaningful segment of an enterprise.

Service Inventory: The service inventory symbol consists of yellow spheres within a blue container.

Figure 1 - The service inventory symbol consists of yellow spheres within a blue container.

An IT enterprise may include a service inventory that represents the extent to which SOA has been adopted. Larger initiatives may even result in the enterprise in its entirety being comprised of an enterprise-wide service inventory. Alternatively, an enterprise environment can contain multiple service inventories, each of which can be individually standardized, governed, and supported by its own service-oriented technology architecture.

Service inventories are typically created through top-down delivery processes that result in the definition of service inventory blueprints. The subsequent application of service-orientation design principles and custom design standards throughout a service inventory is of paramount importance so as to establish a high degree of native inter-service interoperability. This supports the repeated creation of effective service compositions.

Service Inventory: The service inventory grows as projects deliver new services. Plus, opportunities to reuse existing services increase with each subsequent project.

Figure 2 - The service inventory grows as projects deliver new services. Plus, opportunities to reuse existing services increase with each subsequent project.