A long time ago, when everyone wore a toga to work -- even when it wasn't Casual Friday -- the Roman philosopher Seneca advised that, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."
More recently, Bill Swanton -- whose attire is, I suspect, somewhat less casual than Seneca's -- offered this sage advice regarding what it will take to remain competitive in the very near future:
Companies may see SOA and BPM in their future, but the ramp-up time to apply these technologies is long. Laggards will find that one morning their competitors who use the exact same ERP software are suddenly zooming ahead, shortening lead times, introducing products more quickly, and reacting faster to changing market conditions.
IT groups that hope to respond to the market faster need to start making decisions, setting a strategy, and building the skills to apply SOA and BPM as a competitive weapon.
(Read the rest of Using SOA as a competitive weapon, from ComputerWeekly.com.)