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As IT departments continue to prioritize their investment initiatives, many will find Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a critical item to tackle. Although key business projects must always take precedence, McKinsey & Company reports that more than 60% of surveyed CIOs plan to use SOA projects as a way to achieve associated business objectives. For good reason SOA is being heralded as a major architectural shift that enables IT teams to reduce costs and improve responsiveness and flexibility - two key business objectives for CIOs today. With SOA, IT ultimately becomes a service provider to the business itself - delivering infrastructure, applications, and processes as services throughout a company. SOA certainly offers promise; but at the same time, successfully navigating the people, process, and technology changes associated with it can be risky. Of course, c... (more)