Michelangelo once said, "Genius is eternal patience." For those of you who believe that service-oriented architecture (SOA) is genius, your eternal patience is about to be rewarded. According to software industry analyst David S. Linthicum, "Most activity around SOA has been limited to discussion, study, planning and small projects. 2007, however, will witness a significant surge in SOA spending as early adopters evolve proof-of-concept implementations into more robust deployments and late adopters buy into the architectural shift."1

SOA for business intelligence (BI) is following a similar adoption path, moving rapidly from prototypes and single projects to broader, enterprise-wide deployments.

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