Foreword by Roberto Medrano

We have spent the better part of the last decade working on SOA governance programs at some of the world’s largest and most complex IT organizations. We are very pleased, therefore, to see this important topic addressed in detail by Thomas Erl, one of this generation’s truly great software architecture authors. Thomas’ book is beyond timely, in our view, as it captures a serious truth that has crept up on even some of the most savvy CIOs. That is, SOA has gone from “nice to have,” to “have to have,” to today’s reality that SOA is just here. Period. You have it. You don’t have any choice but to have it. And now that you have, you have to govern it.

How did this happen? How did SOA emerge from the egghead shadows to ...

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