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SOA Governance: The key to successful SOA adoption in your organization by Todd Biske

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What is SOA?

Before we delve into governance within the context of SOA, we first need to define what SOA is. The first step in this is to define what we mean by service. One of the many definitions provided by the Merriam-Webster dictionary (http://www.merriam-webster.com/) for service is a facility supplying some public demand. The key parts of this definition are facility which means that some capability or function is performed, supplying which means that the function is provided to consumers, and public demand which means it’s something that one or more consumers actually want. A SOA, therefore, is quite simply, an architecture that utilizes the core concepts of service providers and service consumers to define a system.

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