SOA and EDA: A Comparative Study - Similarities, Differences and Conceptual Guidelines on their Usage

Zaharah Allah Bukhsh, Marten van Sinderen, P. M. Singh


Changing business requirements and new technologies trigger the business stakeholders to shift their approach from many small isolated systems to a single connected system. Integration of isolated systems is partially supported by service oriented architecture (SOA) and event driven architecture (EDA), each of which provides a set of system design guidelines. Since the purpose of both architectures is similar, the stakeholders have to make a choice on which architecture to use. The objective of this paper is to investigate the differences between SOA and EDA and provide conceptual guidelines on which architecture to consider for a given set of requirements. Apart from literature, we have considered various online resources (blogs, forums) that argue about differences and similarities between SOA and EDA. To clarify the design principles of both architectures, we present a case study of a learning management system (LMS).


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Paper Citation

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Allah Bukhsh Z., van Sinderen M. and Singh P. (2015). SOA and EDA: A Comparative Study - Similarities, Differences and Conceptual Guidelines on their Usage . In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on e-Business - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2015) ISBN 978-989-758-113-7, pages 213-220. DOI: 10.5220/0005539802130220

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author={Zaharah Allah Bukhsh and Marten van Sinderen and P. M. Singh},
title={SOA and EDA: A Comparative Study - Similarities, Differences and Conceptual Guidelines on their Usage},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on e-Business - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2015)},

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JO - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on e-Business - Volume 1: ICE-B, (ICETE 2015)
TI - SOA and EDA: A Comparative Study - Similarities, Differences and Conceptual Guidelines on their Usage
SN - 978-989-758-113-7
AU - Allah Bukhsh Z.
AU - van Sinderen M.
AU - Singh P.
PY - 2015
SP - 213
EP - 220
DO - 10.5220/0005539802130220