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Monday, July 05, 2004With Sun and Oracle falling into line, every major systems vendor now has an SOA strategy, although most of them are more statements of intent than shipping product offerings.This is all well and good, except that it's more a case of vendors making sure that they're "buzzword compliant" rather than rushing to embrace SOA. The main point of implementing an SOA is the ability to link to resources irrespective of whose platform they're running on, so when vendors endorse SOA, the irony is that they're implicitly endorsing the notion of platform independence. Nobody should imagine the irony is lost on them. They're well aware what the stakes are, and thus when they talk about having an SOA strategy what they're really advancing is a plan that allows them to offer SOA on their own terms. That will rarely coincide with what's best for an individual customer.
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