SOAP (originally stands for Simple Object Access Protocol) is a network protocol, with the help of which data are exchanged between IT systems, and functions and procedures may be opened across different systems and manufacturers. SOAP relies on other standards such as XML to visualise data, and Internet protocols such as HTTP and TCP/IP to transfer data. The abbreviation  SOAP is no longer used as an acronym since version 1.2, firstly because it is (subjectively) no longer simple, and secondly its purpose is no longer solely to access objects.

An example of SOAP use is XMLA for Analysis.


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