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Description: Article from IBM on the future of service oriented architecture.  Common trend is delivery of IT services that limit amount of responsibility & risk businesses must shoulder in acquiring & maintaining technology that enables core business functions.  Coty’s success of their growth strategy  depended upon IT implementations.  Trend is away from large numbers of IT staff who support internally developed applications, networks, PCs, & infrastructures of data centers.

Source: Anirban Dutta, Sales Workstream Lead for Global Services Rational Adoption Program, IBM

Link: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/rational/library/oct06/dutta/

Discussion Questions:

1. What is driving the business trend toward SOA?  Give examples.

2. Type of software architecture that defines the use of services to support the requirements of the business:

a. SOA

b. Mobile technology platforms

c. Wireless sensor networks

d. None of the above

3. In an SOA environment:

a. resources on a network are presented as independent services that can be accessed without knowledge of their underlying platform implementation

b. resources on a network are presented as independent services that cannot be accessed without knowledge of their underlying platform implementation

c. resources on a network are presented as dependent services that cannot be accessed without knowledge of their underlying platform implementation

d. none of the above

4. In an SOA environment:

a. Services are defined as business processes

b. Primarily based on web services standards

c. Primarily based on web services standards but can be implemented using any services-based technology

d. All of the above

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