Mobile architecture: 3 key benefits of implementing an SOA
The market’s demand for services used for mobile app development will increase at a rate that’s five or more times faster than the capacity of internal IT organizations to actually deliver these services by the end of 2017, according to Gartner. This is a grim prediction for enterprises trying to stay ahead of the demand for more mobility. While there may not be a silver bullet for this problem, it’s clear that enterprises are looking for a mobile architecture that can provide agility, flexibility and an overall better user experience. One way that organizations can work toward achieving these goals is to leverage a service-oriented architecture (SOA). This software development approach focuses on delivering services by improving collaboration between devices that are connected to the network.
SOA markets are expected to reach $15.1 billion in 2019, according to a report by WinterGreen Research. There’s good reason for this trend. With SOAs ability to architect back-end API integration for accessing data and compute services, it is perfectly suited to enhance the development and delivery of mobile services.
Here are three ways that SOAs can improve mobile development:
Provide high levels of agility
With more transactions taking place on mobile devices, large spikes in demand and the need to support software development across multiple platforms, it’s a challenge for enterprises to keep up. Implementing an SOA, which can deliver preconfigured, integrated patterns across multiple platforms, eliminates the need for developers to replicate mobile services over and over again. What’s more, the benefits of SOA extend security, control, management and visibility across all enterprise mobile apps. Thus, this architecture allows enterprises to save time and money while increasing their ability to install mobile applications and updates faster with less downtime.
Offer greater flexibility
Many enterprises are turning to the cloud because it requires little up-front investment and offers the flexibility of paying for resources as needed. And SOA is perfectly suited for this platform. According to WinterGreen’s report, “Cloud computing amplifies SOA’s impact. And the converse is also true, i.e., having SOA helps deliver better and a wider variety of services using the cloud environment.” In fact, the report goes on to state that if SOA is incorporated into the process of designing the architecture, the investment recovery can be faster and the ROI from the cloud can be improved.
Deliver a consistent user experience
One of the significant challenges that enterprises face is giving their mobile applications the power they need to keep productivity high, even in cases when users need to be able to access these applications in offline locations. Regardless of where or how a user accesses the application, SOA-based application flows can help ensure a flawless delivery of services by linking front-end and back-end gateway components.
SOA APIs can also be used in retail and other applications to enable enterprises to deliver a consistent user experience across multiple channels, allowing users to have the same experience whether they are in the store, on a mobile device or on the web. Additionally, they can do so without the hassle of needing to create new code each time.
When implemented correctly, SOA can offer enterprises real value. It can improve an organization’s mobile architecture by providing the ability to enable more agile construction of external-facing systems of engagement with mobile interfaces.