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Enterprise SOA: Service-Oriented Architecture Best Practices by Dirk Slama, Karl Banke, Dirk Krafzig

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Chapter 5. Services as Building Blocks

The focus of a Service-Oriented Architecture is on the functional infrastructure and its business services, not the technical infrastructure and its technical services. A business-oriented service in an SOA is typically concerned with one major aspect of the business, be it a business entity, a business function, or a business process. This chapter provides an in-depth discussion of the different types of services.

In Section 5.1, we establish a classification that distinguishes between basic, process-centric, intermediary, and public enterprise services, and we discuss the characteristics of these different classes of services and what this means from a design, implementation, and project management point ...

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