1.3. The Ecosystem

An ecosystem, as we saw earlier, is a collection of related services. This collection, as a whole, provides a set of services in a specific domain. Using the example we discussed earlier, a Travel Industry ecosystem would cater to the traveling needs of a certain set of customers or a Medical ecosystem would provide services related to medicine —including services such as medical advice, sale of prescription and nonprescription drugs, and archiving of medical history. But an ecosystem is not just a collection of services. As the name implies, it is an orderly group. Just like a biological ecosystem, an ecosystem of services can have a hierarchy among its citizens, and it provides a set of rules and regulations that every member ...

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