This month's column was contributed by Yogish Pai, Integration Consortium member and SOA practitioner.

Integration of business systems is one of the key capabilities that should be provided by IT to enable business agility. This has been the primary objective of all integration effort to date; however, due to various factors most of the integration efforts have not achieved the expected business benefit. Of course, projects with the right executive backing have been successful but have never reached their full potential. The objective of this column is to demonstrate how adopting a service-oriented architecture (SOA) enables a company to achieve business agility and flexibility. This is a two-part column; this first installment deals with high-level integration architecture based on SOA and the second will focus on SOA governance.

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