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Merger and acquisition expenditures exceeded $2.7 trillion worldwide in 2005 and are expected to grow through 2009. However, according to McKinsey and Company, the big global strategy consultancy, "Half or more of the big mergers fail to create significant shareholder value.... The sad conclusion is that an average corporate control transaction...delivers little or no value in the return." The fact that such astronomical levels of cash and equity are sunk into M&A activity when it can put shareholders at risk is far from comforting. Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has become a common IT approach to bridge the barriers of collaboration between business partners, customers, suppliers, and different organizations in one company. The adoption of SOA to connect dynamic business processes and disparate IT systems is initially a daunting task beset on all sides by pote... (more)