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service candidate

When conceptualizing services during the service modeling sub-process of the service-oriented analysis phase, services are defined on a preliminary basis and still subject to a great deal of change and refinement before they are handed over to the service-oriented design project stage responsible for producing physical service contracts.

The service candidate term is used help distinguish a conceptualized service from an actual implemented service. This distinction is especially important when documenting service inventories as part of blueprint specifications or even when keeping track of a service's progress via its service profile.

When carrying out the service modeling process, service candidates are modeled together with service capability candidates and service composition candidates.

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