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Building the Agile Enterprise by Fred A. Cummins

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Chapter 2. Service-Oriented Architecture

A service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a new business design paradigm, a fundamental aspect of the design of an agile enterprise that supports improved speed, cost, and quality. Service units are its building blocks. An SOA does not require electronic technology, but automation, integration, and modeling using electronic technologies are essential to an optimal implementation of SOA. The full implementation of SOA transforms the enterprise from top to bottom. This chapter provides a first step in understanding the fundamental nature of this new business design paradigm. As we move through later chapters, we discuss other aspects of the agile enterprise and examine how they complement or support SOA. ...

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