muSOAing for 4/10/10

Continuing our conversation on Simulation. The importance of using a Simulation framework is not realized until you see the enormous gap between the time taken for UI Wireframe design and development and actual services development. With the availability of RAD tools UI Development has become a sort of a cottage industry. Portal and Rich UI frameworks abound and each offer a plethora of features that make it unnecessary to even write or examine a single line of code. Everything can be achieved through rich drag and drop palettes and widgets.

Not so the case with services. Services design is a more long drawn process as it involves several key steps such as Services Identification, Canonical and Schema identification, Functional Process Design, Mappings to end systems and finally services implementation. Once these key steps are achieved, then the development of the actual services and associated processes can be automated by implementing factory oriented patterns.

It is to mitigate this gap between the two that simulation becomes critical and necessary. In the next muSOAing we will discuss how to approach simulation, build vs buy, simulator design and tools.

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