Service-oriented Architecture: A Practical Guide to Measuring Return on That Investment
Unless you've been incommunicado for the last few years, you've doubtless noticed the extensive press that SOA has recently received. Though the term can be intimidating, the fundamental concept is really quite simple - and very powerful. It's that to meet your present and projected business needs, you can turn your software applications into "building blocks" that you can infinitely rearrange, and usually at great speed. It gives you a new way not only to "reconfigure" your business, but to connect to suppliers, partners and customers. Much like the Internet before it, SOA is sweeping through companies and industries, upending the competitive order. Thanks to SOA, companies are fast commissioning new products and services, at lower cost and with less labor, often with the technology assets they have right in hand. It's like discovering that with your existing condiments, you can make an entirely new and unexpected recipe, to the delight of your diners and of course yourself. Most important, SOA is helping to put IT squarely where it belongs: in the hands of the business executive, under whose direction it can create the most value.