IBM Survey: SOA a 'Top Business Priority' in 2008

A survey of some of IBM's clients has concluded that businesses around the world are moving quickly from merely adopting a service oriented architecture (SOA) strategy -- and are at a stage where they are actively deploying SOA technologies in departments or enterprise-wide.

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A survey of some of IBM's clients has concluded that businesses around the world are moving quickly from just adopting a service oriented architecture (SOA) strategy to actually deploying SOA technologies and services.

According to the survey, the rate of SOA deployments is on the rise, indicating that business leaders are turning to SOA to help meet the challenges of their businesses.

The Link Group, which conducted the survey for IBM, surveyed 300 IBM clients during IBM's IMPACT 2008 SOA conference held in Las Vegas in April 2008.

Here are several key findings of the 300-client study:

  • 50% of customers are deploying SOA;
  • 27% of customers are 'piloting' at least one SOA project;
  • 42% of customers said SOA was their companies' "top spending priority" in 2008;
  • 60% of customers said current SOA projects are being implemented across a division - or the entire enterprise;
  • 73% of customers said their CEO "understand[s] the business value of SOA;"
  • 50% of respondents said their IT staffs are meeting at least once-per-month with the business managers; and
  • 45% of customers estimated they spent 10%-29% of 2007's IT budgets on SOA-related projects
  • "These survey results clearly indicate SOA strategies are helping clients deliver tangible benefits as they advance from the adoption to the deployment phase," said Sandy Carter, vice president, WebSphere and SOA strategy, marketing and channels, IBM, in a statement.

    In a related study, IBM surveyed existing customers on the current maturity of their SOA deployments.

    IBM found these notable results:
  • SOA adoption is shifting from technology to business led; business- centric SOA more than doubled, from 30% in 2006 to over 70% in 2007; and
  • Business expertise is ranked as the top criteria in selecting an SOA vendor (up from 24% a year ago)
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