It seems everybody's starting to get some SOA religion, from Dade County's call center to an Indiana-based cabinetmaker. What really jumps out in a recent article on all these implementations is that Web services/SOA is many things to many people. To some, its a development productivity tool; to others, it's a way to connect with partners or customers.
Of note, but not explored in depth (likely due to space limitations) in this ComputerWorld article is the fact that the state of Wisconsin last year used Web services to integrate six procurement systems in less than two weeks -- apparently via implementation of an enterprise service bus. Integrating six systems -- especially for a state government -- is no trivial task, so this speaks volumes as to where the value of Web services and SOA framework can be found -- as a big, big money saver.
If Web services/SOA can compress what typically has been a six-month system integration project or consulting engagement into ten days or less, imagine the ramifications. I've been told that some complex projects can even be wrapped up in an afternoon if the right standards are in place.
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