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For several years, software vendors have been creating development and infrastructure products for the latest IT architecture style - Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Recognizing the immense value SOA can bring to IT, companies like BEA, IBM, and Microsoft have delivered products to help customers design and build SOA-based applications. These vendor-driven initiatives are beginning to sprout actual customer-developed applications that are built on the promise of SOA, such as better flexibility, agility and reuse. In fact, enterprises of all sizes are increasingly using SOA concepts and technologies to create a new generation of mission-critical business applications, ranging from "simple" portals to incredibly complex and feature-rich integration applications. They're taking this approach in an effort to improve IT's ability to deliver business applications to... (more)