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Service Component Architecture (SCA) Stencil

Submitted by on October 8, 2007 – 9:29 am | | 42635 views 2 Comments

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Read Full ArticlePeter O’Brien, who writes the SOA Station: Mind the Gap! blog has created a Visio stencil for making Service Component Architecture drawings. You can download it from his post on the subject: SCA Diagram Stencil for Visio

If you’re not familiar with SCA, you might be interested in this introduction from the Open SOA web site:

Service Component Architecture (SCA) is a set of specifications which describe a model for building applications and systems using a Service-Oriented Architecture. SCA extends and complements prior approaches to implementing services, and SCA builds on open standards such as Web services.

What’s particularly nice about the blog post is that Peter was thoughtful enough to include a link to a page that describes the parts of an SCA diagram. Peter’s stencil contains seven masters to help you quickly create your SCA diagrams:

SCA Shapes

Thanks for the shapes, Peter!

If you want to know more about Service Component Architecture, have a look at the Open Services Oriented Architecture web site, which has more information on their SCA Home Page, and the What is SCA? page.


  • Thanks for the kind words. The SCA diagram components are not intuitive. The stencil needed a good explanation and I felt that the clickable diagram on the Apache site was ideal. This is my first attempt at creating a Visio stencil so feedback and guidance is always welcome.


  • Diane Browning says:

    You wouldn’t happen to know where to find a “web services” stencil of shapes for visio, would you? I’ve been looking and it seems it is a hard-to-find item….

    regards, Dee

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