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The technologies and ideas behind Cloud Computing and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) are not new, in spite of what the hype cycles might say. In fact, both concepts have been with us for decades, even if they were called simpler terms like the Net or Web and centralized services.

New or old, the ideas behind SOA and Cloud are powerful and still not fully utilized or understood, and both have been on a steep transition path over the past ten or 15 years. In addition, CIOs across industries continue to grapple with how they can improve their businesses by applying SOA and cloud computing.

Due to the state of IT and business today, the time has come for companies to fully embrace these concepts and realize both the economic and management benefits they bring. The two are also uniquely suited to one another. Cloud computing can be viewed as a vast quilt on which any application can run, and SOA is the stitching that allows your application to connect to it. Both become more optimized by leveraging the other.

The point of SOA is to make businesses more manageable, more flexible and more responsive to change. The promise of SOA is a smarter infrastructure, with less chaos and more control. The questions an inquisitive CEO will ask the SOA proponent are common ones: How will this effort improve our ability to service customers? How much will it cost? How will we fund it? What returns will this investment offer? How long will it take to implement? What are the security implications?

Each of these questions is now easier to answer due to the maturity of Cloud Computing and SOA. With SOA, information, applications and services are more easily accessible via a common interface while the Cloud ensures those services are always on, interoperable and scalable.

There are three underlying factors that illustrate why Cloud Computing is a logical partner for SOA initiatives.

1. The ability to deploy incrementally: One reason SOA has faltered at many companies is the challenge of determining how and where to start, and many IT groups attempt to bite off more than they can chew. The right way to approach SOA (and the cloud, frankly) is in phases.


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