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This paper explores the benefits of implementing BPM on top of a SOA foundation. The benefits include a more agile, flexible enterprise that can more easily proliferate across divisions and geographies. The BPM on top of a SOA implementation is more resilient to changes in underlying IT systems. It also discusses how the complementary disciplines of BPM and SOA inherently promote radical cooperation between business and technology groups within an organization. Besides, this article will discuss how to enrich the services delivered from within a SOA. BPM is a methodology for managing, measuring, executing and optimizing processes within an enterprise to help achieve business goals. A SOA strives to encapsulate and manage discrete business functions into services that can then be used for enterprise application development. BPM can be an ideal catalyst to create a high value SOA because it drives a top-down approach to the development of coarse grained services, and can be instrumental in helping organizations realize a business-driven SOA. By using an Enterprise Service Bus and other staples of a SOA it is possible to pragmatically link various elements within the enterprise through a mature, resilient fabric. BPM helps organizations design practical service-oriented architectures by reducing the ambiguity in the effort to develop coarse grained services within those architectures. Both BPM and SOA provide substantial benefits to an IT organization.
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