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The concept of a "paradigm shift" was first popularized by Dr. Thomas Kuhn in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn described a phenomenon in which one worldview, or paradigm, becomes adopted so widely that its concepts, beliefs, terminology, values and techniques eventually become unexamined assumptions, leading to a condition of "paradigm paralysis" that prevents people from seeing beyond their current mode of thinking. The shift to a new paradigm is triggered only when the prior worldview is stretched beyond its limits and a radical new worldview originally seen as heresy disproves central assumptions of the prior paradigm and is widely adopted (to begin the cycle again). The concept of service-oriented architecture (SOA) has caused a profound shift in the worlds of business and technology, causing important changes that will stand the test of t... (more)