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SOA - A Business Agility Strategy

Repeat after me: Business. Agility. Strategy.

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a business agility strategy. Repeat after me: Business. Agility. Strategy. There are so many technology-focused definitions of SOA floating around that it's difficult to remember that simple fact.

SOA is focused on recognizing, precisely defining, storing, retrieving/reusing and optimizing business processes, both automated ones and human ones. If we as an industry allow SOA to mean Yet Another Integration Technology, we doom ourselves to yet another level of integration middleware, and yet more maintenance hassles caused by the brand new legacy systems we are installing today.

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As chairman and CEO of OMG and executive director of the SOA Consortium, Dr. Richard Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the world's largest consortium of its type. He joined the nascent OMG as technical director in 1989, leading the development of OMG's world-leading standardization process and the original CORBA specification. In 1996, he led the effort to move into vertical market standards and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language and later the Model-Driven Architecture. Previously, Dr. Soley was a cofounder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in computer science and engineering from MIT.

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