The Four Classical Elements Of The Digital World: Process, Service, Event, and Information

Just as Greek philosophers tried to explain the ancient world in terms of the four classical elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air - with the fifth element of Aether defining the invisible context in which they exist - software architects in the digital world work in disciplines that are centered around four basic elements - Process, Service, Event, and Information. However, I think we need a "unifying theory" of the digital world that brings these four elements together more closely.

Who's The Boss?
Too often, one or another of these four elements is elevated to a dominant position in architecture, often at the expense of sufficient attention to the others. Consider:

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