What is a Local Service in Pega?

It’s a serious question.  

I’d love to know and a cursory Google search doesn’t really help since it returns professional services organizations that build Pega BPM solutions.

The context of the question is straight-forward:  I mostly work on BPM projects on IBM technology but increasingly I find myself engaged with clients that own multiple BPM suites.  

Pega is a common technology to find in the portfolio so they often have Pega-trained professionals in their Center of Excellence.  At some point during process discovery, I’ll encounter a throw-away reference to ‘local services in Pega’.  

When questioned, local services seem to come down to a repeatable subprocess encapsulated in a single step in the process.  

But, I’m wondering if there is more to it than that.  

Answers are welcome. 

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