Managed well, service-oriented architecture (SOA) offers a tremendous opportunity to make positive changes and lay a foundation that will allow IT to become responsive and cost-effective. But SOA is also a potential minefield: hype is raising expectations beyond reality in an environment that is already stressed. In fact, managed poorly, SOA can be an expensive and spectacular failure.
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the market, competitors, and customer demands grows more and more intense. That pressure to be responsive and handle rapid change is being passed directly on to IT departments. Business clients are demanding faster, better, more flexible systems, while at the same time complaining about the rising cost of IT. Layer Cake Architecture Unfortunately, in most large organizations, it is impossible for IT to keep up. Decades of investment in IT have left many with a layer cake architecture where solutions have