A Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Framework for the University of Baguio

by Stephanie B. Pablo, MSIT


The Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an open source framework designed to improve information flow, increase organizational flexibility and ability to scale operations to meet different demand levels in an institution. The framework is centered on services – logical representations of repeatable business activities that have specified outcomes. The University of Baguio is one of the institutions which can greatly benefit from SOA. In order to come up with the SOA Framework for UB, the ICT profile of the University was studied along with the required components and capabilities per SOA layer. These SOA layers are: Operational Systems, Enterprise Component, Services, Business Process, Access/Presentation, Quality of Service, Information and Governance. Using the ICT profile of UB, the University was assessed against these SOA required capabilities using the Gap Analysis. It was identified that there is a need to create additional policies to support SOA and to improve the current processes by adapting standards-based accepted procedures. Aside from this, the Gap Analysis determined the need for new technologies, retraining and hiring of technical employees. At the end of the study, recommendations and suggestions were identified to come up with the SOA Framework for the University of Baguio.

Key words: University of Baguio- Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), SOA framework, ICT profile, Gap analysis

Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 1, January  – June 2014