The concept of sharing does not always come naturally to human beings or legacy systems. But a service-oriented architecture effort within the U.S. Department of Defense's intelligence community is helping DoD in the effort to better share information as well as modernize systems.

"To win on the modern battlefield, it's all about information collaboration," said Tod Hagan, director, ISR Software Solutions, Modus Operandi Inc., based in Melbourne, Fla. "In the past, systems that collected intelligence existed in silos, which were not good at sharing information. They were all developed with different technology and different data models. SOA has been a huge success in that area; it hides all that legacy system ugliness."

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