As the service-oriented architecture model matures, data services and data services platforms are the emerging approach to solving the specific problem of data access in SOA. SOA applications tend to access multiple, heterogeneous data sources, adding an integration concern on top of the data access problem itself. In this context, master data management solutions can contribute nicely to solving data inconsistency issues.

The initial wave of SOAs had a profound impact on all software components. Enterprise services buses have emerged as the first visible foundation component around which other components can be integrated. Plenty of tools now exist to design, develop, deploy and compose services together in order to achieve more flexible information systems.

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