George S. Paras

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Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is gaining momentum as a new IT implementation paradigm. Organizations are eager to capitalize on its benefits. However, with many of these organizations focusing too narrowly on project-specific implementations, though, some are at risk of never achieving the full value that the SOA concept could bring them. Their result will be a collection of technology-driven remnants instead of a holistic, business-driven system of integrated services. When SOA is viewed as a "technology" it is often pursued without a clear understanding of how the resulting services fit as part of the larger enterprise architecture. The solution is to view service orientation as one of many means to conceptualize and deliver holistic enterprise architecture, not the other way around. By doing so, the outcome will reflect the true promise of SOA as a powerfu... (more)