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Gartner Inc. analysts predicts the convergence of SOA and business process management (BPM) and advised companies to align their BPM and SOA initiatives now to increase chances of becoming a leader by 2010. Also, they say beginning in 2007, BPM will become the driver for SOA implementations. I have seen confirmation of Gartnerâ€™s prediction in my SOA practice in that as SOA matures there has been a shift from integration style projects, to business process automation and optimization using BPM with SOA. BPM projects often require SOA for integration as a foundational layer for service orchestration. The power of BPM is exponentially increased with SOA by not just automating the human interactions but also the human-to-system, system-to-system, and company-to-company processes.