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We have reached a stage where developments in service-oriented computing have made it possible to create service-oriented solutions of unprecedented sophistication. In this introduction to Next Generation SOA: A Concise Introduction to Service Technology & Service-Orientation, the authors introduce their book, which is a guide to the paradigm of service-orientation and the service technologies that can be leveraged to build contemporary service-oriented solutions.
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Innovative service technologies are becoming valuable assets for businesses that need to stay competitive in the face of increasing globalization and market complexity. While computer processing power is becoming faster and cheaper, search engines, instant messaging, and social media channels are generating floods of information that escalate demands for consumable and accessible data.

As the world’s economies engage one another through offshoring, outsourcing, and supply chaining, localization is required to accommodate different currencies and languages. Globalization, recession, invention, and communication are some of the driving forces behind a next generation of technologies and practices that revolve around software programs designed in accordance with the paradigm of service-orientation. Such programs, referred to as “services,” are expected to do more for less with greater efficiency in order to meet business challenges head-on.

We have reached a stage in the evolution of service-oriented computing where modern service technology innovation is building upon mature service platforms at the same time that proven delivery techniques and design patterns are building upon an established service-orientation paradigm. These developments have made it possible to create service-oriented solutions of unprecedented sophistication.

About This Book

This book provides a concise, plain English guide to the paradigm of service-orientation and the service technologies that can be leveraged to build contemporary service-oriented solutions.

Who This Book Is For

Anyone looking for a simple introductory tour of SOA, service-orientation, and service technologies will benefit from this book. It was conceived of as a brief and gentle foray into these topic areas for those who only seek a high-level of understanding, and also to act as a point of entry for the assortment of detailed technical reference text books that are part of the Prentice Hall Service Technology Series from Thomas Erl.

What This Book Does Not Cover

In order to fulfill its purpose as a brief, high-level orientation this book does not cover any topic in technical detail or provide any detailed guidance or best practices on how to apply any referenced technologies and techniques. If you are already familiar with the topics covered in the upcoming chapters, you may not need to read this book.

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