Robert Carmichael, CTO of Solstice Software contributed this month's column.
The alignment of business and IT is not just a new management philosophy but a necessary collaboration as business processes are increasingly enabled by systems and user interactions with those systems. To achieve a service-oriented architecture (SOA) environment, the technology function must first decouple its systems so individual components and services can be reformulated by the business. As the technology is recompiled, it must be thoroughly tested. While testing for the new components is similar to traditional application testing, testing the assembled processes requires new and more extensive testing approaches.
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