SOA Link, a group of companies focused on delivering interoperable solutions for deployment of service-oriented architectures (SOA), announced four testing and quality assurance vendors have joined the organization. With the addition of iTKO, Inc., Mindreef, Inc., Parasoft Corporation and Solstice Software, SOA Link is meeting the surge in demand for SOA testing and service quality.

For many organizations embracing SOA, testing and service quality are emerging as hot-button issues. In particular, the loose coupling of discrete services dictated by SOA can significantly increase the number of integration points for any given application, thereby increasing the potential for application failure. Similarly, changes to an individual service can destabilize a previously stable application that calls those services.

Case in point, the SOA Link integration between members Mindreef and Infravio has been largely pioneered by an enterprise scale customer providing heavily regulated healthcare services in the southern region of the United States. This organization is consolidating five departments and extranet-based partners. In order to maintain and improve their interdependent services, quality assurance is a necessity and, in practical terms, requires complete visibility of metrics in the Infravio SOA registry repository with the Mindreef SOAPscope.

"Enterprise SOA makes organizations increasingly interdependent with service providers outside and across lines of business," said Miko Matsumura, vice president of technology standards at Infravio, Inc., organizer of the SOA Link initiative. "To support these relationships, testing frameworks will both feed information to and enforce assertions about quality made in the registry repository."

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