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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 7. Information Services

In Chapter 6, “Realization of Services,” we discussed the realization of services using methods and tools commonly available today and the practical steps that should be considered when building the most robust, composable, and reusable services possible. In this chapter, we move on to consider a specific class of services, those that deliver information.

So often we hear this cry for help: “We are surrounded by a sea of data but cannot get the information needed to run our business.” But, how can SOA provide a best-fit solution? Many detractors have argued that SOA is too heavily focused on application function and not enough on business data or information in enterprise systems.

The volume of data that enterprise ...

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