Cathy Lippert

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Service-oriented architecture is an attractive vehicle for attaining greater business agility. It has the potential to dramatically improve productivity and increase shareholder value with a comparatively modest (though far from dismissible) incremental investment in information technology. Applications composed of services allow companies to modify business processes more easily and deliver new, composite software solutions faster and cheaper. But there is a more important element: when successfully managed as a broad architectural initiative, services can chip away the complexity of existing software systems. The simplification of software systems is critical to business agility because it allows the transfer of resources from costly software maintenance to discretionary projects that will make a bigger difference to a company's future. When combined with sound p... (more)