Chapter 12

Getting Started with Service-Oriented Architectures

A major advantage of using a service-oriented architecture (SOA) with Web services is that it fits in with the general chaos of business. There are many forces contributing to this chaos: organizations are acquired and divested, organizations restructure themselves, new products need to be sold, competition forces quick responses, and, of course, there’s more and it is ever changing.

Historically, it has been a struggle for IT groups to respond to this business chaos. An SOA provides a way to be more nimble in the responses. If an SOA is designed properly, it will approach the type of plug-compatibility that I have been alluding to with the audio-video (AV) examples sprinkled throughout ...

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