Our solutions are all based on Web Services. They are all SOA-ready
I asked him if he was aware of the differences between a solution that is based on Web Services and a solution that is built based on the SOA reference architecture. I was surprised to hear his reply -
Yes, our solutions are based on Web Services, which is why I said that they are SOA-ready
Getting back to the present moment, let me take a minute to define what Service Oriented Architecture really means in simple terms -
SOA is a flexible architecture of business capabilities being supported by loosly coupled IT elements
Web Services simply means "a software system designed to support interoperable Machine to Machine interaction over a network"
To summarize, Web Services are the building blocks of SOA; Web Services is not SOA!
For a better understanding on the fundamentals, please visit this link.