I'm proud to be part of an organization that lists Irving Wladawsky Berger as a member...IBM and the general field of technology are fortunate that Irving uses his amazing insight and depth of knowledge on so many topics to illuminate trends and help us be thoughtful about the practice of technology adoption. His blog is an incredible read - when he commits words to it, they are almost always meaningful and noteworthy. He seems to appear everywhere, and I just found a piece by him in AlwaysOn, the online publication from Tony Perkins, formerly of Red Herring. In the piece, titled SOA, Services, and Business Architecture, he deftly explains the greater importance of arranging things in a services-based way. He uses examples outside the realm of technology and states it all so eloquently. For example:
The introduction of standard, interchangeable parts was one of the critical innovations that helped bring about the Industrial Revolution a couple of centuries ago and ushered in the concept of mass production in many different kinds of industries. Modern engineering practices - especially those used for developing complex systems or objects like airplanes, bridges and microprocessors, - are built around the concept of standard, modular components.
You're in for a treat if you think with mental models, then what Irving is saying here is worth noting. Services are more than snippets (snippets of anything). They inherently have the value to create, gene-like, larger structures and ultimately systems. If they're planned and used correctly, the systems they create can have widespread and highly valuable effects.
I'm clearly a fan...find out for yourself.