Software Architecture

SOA Migration, Adoption, and Reuse Technique (SMART) Materials

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) offers significant potential for your organization to leverage its investments in legacy systems—by providing a modern interface to existing capabilities and exposing legacy functionality to a greater number of users.

The SOA Migration, Adoption and Reuse Technique (SMART) helps organizations to make better decisions on their path to SOA adoption. To guide your organization through adopting this technique, you now can receive through this site the SMART  materials developed by the SEI. No fee is involved. From the SMART family of techniques you can choose those that you find appropriate for your organization.

If you wish to receive a link to the SMART materials, click here.

If you wish to download a technical report about SMART, click here.


SMART comprises a family of techniques, each targeted to a different set of organizational needs.  Each member involves a process, an interview guide, and artifacts for use in the process.

  • SMART-MP (Migration Pilot)—helps you select a pilot project for an initial implementation of your migration strategy
  • SMART-AF (Adoption Feasibility)—establishes whether your organization can migrate toward an SOA environment
  • SMART-ESP (Enterprise SystemPortfolio)—guides you in selecting and creating services from your legacy systems
  • SMART-ENV (Environment)—examines the costs and risks of migrating to a target SOA environment  select and create services from its systems portfolio
  • SMART-SYS (System)—aids your organization if you want to develop and maintain a complete service-oriented system


Migrating to SOA can present challenges. You will find the SMART materials helpful if any of the following apply to your situation:

  • SOA seems to be a valid option but your organization is not completely convinced.
  • SOA adoption has been mandated and your organization does not know where to start.
  • Your organization needs to fit into an existing SOA environment but it is not sure how.
  • Your organization wants to provide services in an SOA environment but it does not know what services it should provide to service consumers.
  • Your organization wants to expose functionality from selected legacy systems in an SOA environment but does not understand the implications of this migration.
  • Your organization wants to fully migrate a set of systems to an SOA environment and is looking for an understanding of the proper path for migration.

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