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Interview With Oracle's Ted Farrell

Ted Farrell
Chief Architect for Tools and Middleware

New technology never sells unless it can demonstrate a clear business benefit. How would you describe SOA's value to a CEO?

Lower cost of ownership. With SOA, you don't have long, drawn-out development cycles where you have to version everything and test everything at the same time, then deploy it and take the hit for updating. You can update the individual pieces without affecting the rest of the system.

What would a pilot project look like?

The successful pilots tend to be well-defined, short-lived, involving a small group of people. You take four to six people for two to four months, target exactly what you want to do and start building.

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