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Ability to work with each other. In the loosely coupled environment of a service-oriented architecture, separate resources don't need to know the details of how they each work, but they need to have enough common ground to reliably exchange messages without error or misunderstanding. Standardized specifications go a long way towards creating this common ground, but differences in implementation may still lead to breakdowns in communication. Interoperability is when services can interact with each other without encountering such problems.

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Useful Web resources:

Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I)
Industry body that aims to make sure web services work with each other.


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