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What COTS and Software Reuse Teach Us about SOA

March 2007 Article
William Anderson

This paper identifies key lessons from COTS and software reuse that can be applied to SOA.


Carnegie Mellon Institute


Many organizations are increasingly looking for techniques that can lead to large-scale (and often dynamic) integration and interoperation of new and existing components, services, or systems. Service- 0riented architecture (SOA) holds great promise as an approach that can facilitate these desires. Over the past decades, organizations have tried various development software reuse approaches, such as commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) based systems, product line engineering, and frames. As we move into this new world of highly interoperable systems, we should take advantage of the lessons taught by the development of these approaches.