Education has many unique challenges associated with integrating business and academic processes and technologies. This Recommended Practices for Education on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) from IMS Global Learning Consortium filters the information on the current state of SOA concepts, tools and practices and provides guidance on when adoption of SOA is appropriate in Education to overcome some of its core challenges. Based on both theoretical practice and real world expertise, the contributors to this white paper have worked to provide real world use cases where SOA adoption has proven to be beneficial. The outcome is a prescriptive approach to SOA concepts as exemplified through use cases with a descriptive approach to the potential tools and practices of SOA implementation.
The intended outcome of SOA adoption as recommended in this white paper is to improve interoperability both internal and external to an institution, to realize cost savings over time by adopting reusable and open standard IT services, and to align IT services ever more closely with the services that the institution provides to its ecosystem. These outcomes can be achieved today in education through a phased service oriented approach.
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