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What is a service?
By: Lawrence Wilkes
Dec. 4, 2012 07:00 AM
The use of the term ‘Service' is somewhat overloaded. Everyone will have heard or used the terms Business Services, IT Services, Software Services, and now Cloud Services, and yet often there is much confusion and misunderstanding in their use. As my colleague David Sprott suggested in a CBDI Journal Report, "Everything is a Service" . In that report David suggested that the idea that "everything is a service" could be developed to clarify the taxonomy for Cloud Services and Services in the form of a Unified Service Model that would deliver convergence of business and IT perspectives.Consequently, I have penned a research note available on Everware-CBDI site that provides a concept model that explores the basic concepts of Service and Service-Orientation taking into account this broad perspective including Business Service, IT Services, Software Services, Cloud Services and even Human Services.
What Is a Service?
Figure 1: Service Consumers and Providers
Figure 2: Service and Capability
Types of Service
We can even consider a Human Service where one person provides services to another and relies upon human resources to provide the required Capability.Regardless of the type of Service, the concepts discussed so far still hold true.Whether it is a Business Service, an IT Service or a Software Service, Cloud Service, or a Human Service, they still all provide a Capability, and are all provided by a Service Provider and used by a Service Consumer.
Figure 3: Types of Service showing different forms of Service Provider and Consumer
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