Essentials Report

Topic Overview: Service-Oriented Architecture For CIOs

August 15th, 2008
With contributors:
Alex Cullen , Mimi An


The worst CIO misunderstanding about service-oriented architecture (SOA) is to think of it only as another technical initiative for software reuse. Although SOA's reuse potential is real and good, its business impact goes much further: In Forrester surveys, 44% of current SOA users say they are using it for strategic business transformation. SOA's true source of power is its ability to start from and focus on business design. By correctly understanding SOA, CIOs can lead their organizations on a solid and well-managed path to greater business technology value.

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