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SOA What?: Services Thinking Goes To Work

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Executive Summary

Conventional wisdom says don't lock in until you have to. Which often makes good sense - especially when it comes to business-enabling technology. It also explains how Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) got started in the first place. Businesses wanted to make their technology environments more open and flexible, which is definitely an advantage when anything can change at any time for nearly any reason. But now something else important is happening. This geeky "Services" idea is moving out of the software stack and into the business, triggering a shift away from traditional process reengineering and toward services design. This paper discusses some new ideas about ways you should consider putting it to work.

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