With a preference for service-oriented architectures (SOA), the U.S. market is the furthest ahead in deployments of SOA-based policy administration systems, but companies in other parts of the world are starting to catch up - and even leapfrog over traditional approaches.

Defined by its open communication standards, SOA promises to dramatically reduce integration and development costs in the long term, though there may be a short-term cost associated with the initial conversion.

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