How many times have you heard: "Security for your service-oriented architecture [SOA] should be tight enough to be secure, but not so rigid as to impact flexibility or performance?" Did you think: Hey, how do we measure this?

You're not alone?and we're not just saying that to make you feel better. These and other SOA best practices offer good advice and value, but applying them to your business can be tricky. After all, best practices don?t always relate to your specific situation or business model.

At Actional we think that it's time for a new approach. For more than six years, Actional has been at the forefront of SOA technology, working with early adopters and partnering with industry leaders. In that time, we've seen it all and proudly penned a few of our own best practices.

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