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Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 1–8 | Cite as

Services computing as the foundation of enterprise agility: Overview of recent advances and introduction to the special issue

  • J. Leon Zhao
  • Mohan Tanniru
  • Liang-Jie Zhang
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Abstract

The advancement of web services in the last few years has spurred a number of revolutionary concepts in information technology and management including service-oriented architectures, service-oriented computing, and services science, management and engineering, which can be collectively called as “services computing.” Services computing is a new research field that goes beyond traditional computing disciplines as it includes not only architectural, programming, deployment, and other engineering issues, but also management issues such as business component modeling, business process design, and service delivery. In this paper, we provide an overview of emerging research concepts in services computing without attempting to unify them as it will take sometime for the field to become mature. In addition, we take a position that the ultimate goal of services computing is to create the necessary technological and managerial foundation to support enterprise agility. In this short paper, we give an overview of services computing, describe its relationship to enterprise agility, and discuss basic technical and managerial issues. Finally, we introduce the papers that are published in this special issue.

Keywords

Agile enterprises Services computing Service-oriented architecture Service-oriented computing Services science Service science, management and engineering (SSME) Web services 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MIS DepartmentUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Business Informatics, IBM T.J. Watson Research CenterYorktown HeightsUSA

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