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Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1 Developer's Guide by Antony Reynolds, Matt Wright

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Why SOA is different

A few years ago, distributed object technology, in the guise of CORBA and COM+, was going to provide benefits of reuse. Prior to that, third and fourth generation languages such as C++ and Smalltalk (based on object technology) were to provide the same benefit. Even earlier, the same claims were made for structured programming. So why is SOA different?

Terminology

The use of terms such as services and processes allows business and IT to talk about items in the same way, improving communication, and reducing impedance mismatch between the two. The importance of this is greater than what it appears at first because it drives IT to build and structure its systems around the business rather than vice versa.

Interoperability

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