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The Service-Oriented Media Enterprise by Joey Faust, John Footen

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APPENDIX E: FEDERATION

One topic that comes up often in a discussion of enterprise architectures in general is that of federation. Federation is a software concept where many components interact without the direction of a central authority. These components might be individual software systems, or they might be entire facilities. Federated communication may arise in any number of situations in the M&E industry, but is perhaps most often encountered when multiple facilities or media enterprises need to collaborate in a software-assisted way.

Experienced media professionals may balk at the idea that programmatic collaboration between entities like this even occurs at all. It is certainly not the norm in the industry. While collaboration between ...

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