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It's hard to think about service-oriented architecture without thinking of services; after all, services are the main focus of SOA (it's even in the name). If service-oriented architecture is an approach where the business and technical architecture is oriented around services, then what exactly is a service? Unfortunately, the answer to this question varies greatly depending on whom you talk to and how you're using SOA in your organization. This variation tends to create quite a bit of confusion when trying to design and implement a SOA-based solution. There are several excellent service-oriented methodologies available today, most of which describe processes for identifying, defining, specifying, implementing, and governing services. While these methodologies provide the direction and tools necessary to help realize SOA in your organization, they don't address th... (more)