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SOA Architecture

The Lotus Connections offering was built from the ground up with SOA in mind. A primary goal of social software, and specifically Lotus Connections, is to enable the ability to capture and expose the social fabric of an organization. Enabling API clients to extract information produced by an individual or a group of users will surface new interaction patterns previously left unturned. To help meet these goals, this means providing not only a first-class user experience but also a first-class service tier to enable modern mashups of data across your organization. A traditional web application is built with a three-tier model (presentation, business, and data). Lotus Connections follows this model internally but also puts a great emphasis on exposing the business tier via REST-based services that are as powerful as what can be done with the presentation tier.

The basic architecture of Lotus Connections maintains a clearly defined set of individually deployable three-tiered services that when installed together provide a set of cross-service enhancements that produce a unified social software platform. This approach enables incremental installation of the Lotus Connections services to ease user adoption while allowing for the later rollout of additional capabilities that enhance those already in use. To accomplish this flexibility, Lotus Connections has focused on three main principles:


  

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