The Open Group Releases Second Edition of “The SOA Source Book”

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New Version Includes Projects Completed in 2009 and Updated Material on Practical Implementations of SOA for Enterprise Architects

SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2010 – The Open Group today announced the immediate availability of the second edition of its SOA Source Book, a practical guide that addresses how enterprise architects can use service-oriented architecture (SOA) to deliver unified business and IT architectures for their organizations. Written in conjunction with members of The Open Group’s SOA Work Group by Dr. Chris Harding, forum director of the SOA Work Group, the book offers a pragmatic approach for creating service-oriented enterprise architectures based on industry best practices. The first edition, published in April 2009, was derived from SOA Work Group projects through 2008. The second edition will include results of the group's work in 2009.

The Open Group published two major SOA standards during 2009, the Service Integration Maturity Model and the SOA Governance Framework. The Open Group also collaborated with members of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and the Object Management Group (OMG) to publish a whitepaper explaining the open SOA standards produced by the three organizations, and describing how they relate to each other. The new edition of the SOA Source Book includes these publications in full, together with material updated from the first edition on SOA and enterprise architecture, SOA and TOGAF™, The Open Group SOA Reference Architecture and service-oriented infrastructure.

In addition, the SOA Work Group is continuing to develop several resources, including the SOA Reference Architecture, Practical Guide to using TOGAF for SOA, Service-Oriented Infrastructure Framework, Guide to SOA Security and Guide to Legacy Evolution to SOA. This ongoing work will be incorporated in the Source Book over time, further increasing the value of the SOA Source Book as a major body of free-to-use reference material for SOA.

“With the release of the second edition of our SOA Source Book, we hope to continue to serve as an open and accessible resource for enterprise architects to help their organizations generate business value from SOA,” said Dr. Chris Harding, forum director, SOA Work Group, The Open Group. “We believe that the concepts and models developed through the Work Group’s meetings and discussions will significantly benefit the industry, particularly as enterprise architecture evolves to address the advent of cloud computing.”

The second edition of the SOA Source Book is available in HTML format here:

About the SOA Work Group

The SOA Work Group is a work group of The Open Group’s Customer Council and Supplier Council. Its mission is to develop and foster common understanding of SOA in order to facilitate alignment between the business and information technology communities. The Work Group carries out its mission by conducting a work program to produce definitions, analyses, recommendations, reference models, and standards to assist business and information technology professionals within and outside of the Open Group to understand and adopt SOA. In addition, it produces the SOA Source Book, which is a collection of source material for use by enterprise architects working with Service-Oriented Architecture, derived from the work of the project teams. Further information about The SOA Work Group can be found at

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow™ that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry’s premier certification service. Further information on The Open Group can be found at

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