The justification of technology as a key business driver is drawing renewed attention as executives look to build SOA to meet the needs of their dynamic enterprises.

While an SOA can go far in addressing the important security, reliability and reusability of services, SOA is nonetheless a technical approach. Thus, the challenge of SOA - and the key to achieving business value - is elevating service enablement beyond just technology functions. The reality is that an SOA has limited value unless it encompasses disparate applications and platforms, moving beyond technology to be orchestrated and controlled in the context of business processes. SOA technology and methods provide a foundation for service enablement in an orderly fashion and allow an organization to avoid the pitfalls of deploying an uncontrolled maze of services.

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