Planning for a SOA
Migrating from traditional tightly coupled systems to use SOA principles is a big step for a media business. The efficient operation of SOA requires detailed analysis of business needs and definition of services. It also requires rigorous planning of the IT infrastructure, computers and networks for efficient operation of the services. Without the involvement of senior management down to IT services, the benefits of SOA are unlikely to be fully realized.
For broadcasters used to running departmental silos, many with real-time elements, the move to SOA will be a radical change to the way the business operates. However, the advantages of the SOA and allied systems like BPM are proving attractive propositions for the broadcaster — or service provider — running complex file-based operations for multi-platform delivery.
The problems facing a media company looking to embrace SOA and BPM include change management and the sheer problems of keeping on-air through such huge changes in the technical infrastructure supporting broadcast operations.
Many media companies have embraced the architecture, with early adopters using considerable original development of such components as service adapters — the vital link between a service like transcoding and the workflow orchestration middleware.
The use of consultants or internal software services to build a media SOA will achieve the goal, but does it make sense for all media businesses to go their own way?