Over the last two-plus decades, most organizations have come to rely on IT systems to run their business. Now, with a variety of mission-critical applications and tools in place, many organizations see the value in integrating these systems in order to operate more efficiently, provide better customer service and develop new revenue-generating activities. A new integration standard has evolved in recent years known as service-oriented architecture.

Working within a distributed systems architecture, SOA has gained momentum because it creates reusable integrated business processes.

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