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Service-oriented architecture (SOA) tutorial

This service-oriented architecture (SOA) tutorial walks you through basic SOA terminology, offers some ammunition to take with you into SOA discussions with customers, and touches on SOA adoption obstacles.

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Building new revenue streams based on service-oriented architectures (SOA) can be challenging. Not only do you have your typical, environment-specific planning issues to consider, but, generally speaking, the concept of service-oriented architectures is a tricky one to explain to anyone who doesn't have a degree in Web services. This SOA tutorial walks you through some basic SOA terminology and functionality -- to answer the common question, "What is SOA?" It also offers key points to keep in mind when presenting a SOA plan to a customer, and touches on some adoption obstacles to avoid. SOA can bring tangible benefits to your customers, and ultimately your channel business, but only if you're all on the same page.

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  • SOA demystified for businesspeople
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  • SOA technology changes the integration game
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  • The top five SOA adoption pitfalls
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  • SOA and BPM: A mutually beneficial partnership
    SOA and BPM offer similar business benefits, but how can these two work in harmony? This article explains.

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