Survey Says SOAs Are a Hit with Enterprises

Just in case you weren’t paying attention: webMethods released on Monday the results of a survey that reveals SOAs and Web services are catching on with global 2000 companies. From the responses of 480 survey respondents, webMethods determined big enterprises are bullish on SOA while accelerating their deployment of Web services.

More than 80 percent of respondents deploy Web services within their enterprises, even though the majority of them said their SOA strategies were still formative. Two key challenges impeding the advance of SOA are a lack of widely accepted methodologies and related business case analysis tools, according to the survey.

The need for practical methodologies, education and best practices will emerge as key enablers for more widespread SOA adoption over the coming year, says Lance Hill, a webMethods product marketing VP. Coupled with rapidly maturing technology, the top three reasons users gave for pursuing an SOA strategy were:

  • Ability to reuse services in the future: 20.4%
  • Lower integration costs: 17.6%
  • Faster delivery of projects: 16.2%

The survey was conducted in August of 2005, with 480 users responding. More information is available at webMethods.