Consider this a shameless plug for my latest piece, an article on the topic of managing service-oriented architectures for Intelligent Enterprise. Hey, I’m allowed to plug my own work here; I own the joint. You can find the complete article online on IE’s website. I think the whole concept of managing networks of services is going to get a lot more play in the next few years, but as with most things I consider the problem an evolutionary one. The real driver is the growth of distributed systems. Web-services is our current best shot at a standardized interface protocol, but the underlying issues of distributed computing are the same as they have been for fifteen years.