By Joe McKendrick Service-oriented architecture, or SOA, is an area that promises to deliver great benefits to organizations, particularly in the legacy-system-intensive insurance and financial services industry. Needless to say, there’s been no shortage of confusion and debate about SOA, with plenty of skeptics decrying the approach as vendors wrapping old ideas in new layers of hype. Bust just as harmful has been the over-optimism—or over-eagerness—around SOA, with visions of incredibly agile systems working in perfect harmony with the business. Let me help debunk three of the most vexing myths that have been shattering peoples’ illusions about SOA:

SOA is an approach that has a lot of promise, and there are many successful implementations taking place across the industry, as documented here at Insurance Networking News. But it’s important to have realistic expectations—not too low, or not too high, but just right. This article can also be found at

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