A comparative analysis of the integration of SOA elements in widely-used enterprise architecture frameworks

Alwadain, Ayed, Fielt, Erwin, Korthaus, Axel, & Rosemann, Michael (2013) A comparative analysis of the integration of SOA elements in widely-used enterprise architecture frameworks. International Journal of Intelligent Information Technologies, 9(2).

View at publisher


In recent years, enterprise architecture (EA) has captured increasing interest as a means to systematically consolidate and manage various enterprise artefacts in order to provide holistic decision support for business/IT alignment and business/IT landscapes management. To provide a holistic perspective on the enterprise over time, EA frameworks need to co-evolve with the changes in the enterprise and its IT over time. In this paper we focus on the emergence of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). There is a need to integrate SOA with EA to keep EA relevant and to use EA products to help drive successful SOA.

This paper investigates and compares the integration of SOA elements in five widely used EA frameworks: Archimate, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF), Department of Defence Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and the Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework (MODAF).

It identifies what SOA elements are considered and their relative position in the overall structure. The results show that services and related elements are far from being well-integrated constructs in current EA frameworks and that the different EA frameworks integrated SOA elements in substantially different ways. Our results can support the academic EA and SOA communities with a closer and more consistent integration of EA and SOA and support practitioners in identifying an EA framework that provides the SOA support that matches their requirements.

Impact and interest:

8 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 59421
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Enterprise Architecture, Service-Oriented Architecture, Enterprise Architecture framework, Information Technology, Service orientation, SOA, EA
DOI: 10.4018/jiit.2013040105
ISSN: 1548-3665
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 I G I Global.
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2013 01:05
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:04

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page