SOA – Wincor Nixdorf's flexible software architecture
Companies face ongoing change. Wincor Nixdorf keeps up with these market changes, taking ever shorter process lifecycles into account with an intelligent company and IT architecture. Activities are oriented to business processes.
The goal of Wincor Nixdorf's service-oriented architecture (SOA) is to adapt heterogeneous system landscapes efficiently to changed business processes using a special software platform. On the one hand, this means that the IT systems are reengineered so that existing software can be integrated and continue to be used and, on the other hand, that changes to business processes and new market requirements can be implemented easily and quickly in the existing IT landscape.
This involves splitting up every single business process into small units called services. Then these units are loosely coupled – like in a building block system – so that these services can be combined together flexibly. The individual services are coupled for every business process, or new services are added. When a business procedure changes, it is only necessary to modify the affected service or create a new service and integrate it in the respective business processes.
Multiple use of individual services reduces costs noticeably. IT infrastructures are interoperable as they are based on industry standards – another principle of SOA. This can lead to shorter response times and greater efficiency. This orientation to business processes also makes business process outsourcing (BPO) much easier. Outsourced processes can be established faster and more efficiently at Wincor Nixdorf.