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Executing SOA: A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect by Tilak Mitra, Dr. Keith Jones, Robert G. Laird, Norbert Bieberstein

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Chapter 2. Unveiling the Benefits

 

One of the images I have in mind when I contemplate the universe, is that it is constructed upon a simple pattern of order that may be seen in any and all phenomena, no matter how complex.

 
 --Jonas Edward Salk, 1914–1995, The Anatomy of Reality

When a business executive is asked whether he has an SOA, he is more than likely to answer “an SO what?.” The truth is that many business executives around the world have heard about SOA, but many think it is something that their IT departments might be implementing. Although this situation is evolving, we believe that until the management recognizes a strategic objective to become “service oriented,” the full benefit of an SOA will not be realized.

Why the Business Should ...

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