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Service-Oriented Architecture: Technology Selection and Strategic IT Management

Service-Oriented Architecture: Technology Selection and Strategic IT Management
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Author(s): Brian R. Payne (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA) and A. James Baroody (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 3
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch214
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361


This paper examines the strategic decision making process of managing IT infrastructures. In particular, this paper proposes a methodology that can be employed in making a company’s decision to implement a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). SOA forces us, for the first time, to analyze and truly examine our IT operations through business—not technical—perspectives (Datz, 2004). Accordingly, the decision to embrace or not to embrace SOA and in what capacity, combines quantitative and qualitative factors from both business and technical perspectives. Therefore, it is not possible to provide a purely objective measure by which the decision to embrace SOA can be resolved. This paper proposes a methodology through which this decision can be analyzed and evaluated and describes the insight provided.

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