SOA Visionaries Releases Survey Results

The SOA Leaders Council, a community of SOA end users, announced the findings of a survey it conducted at SOA Leaders Council meetings in June and July of 2005.

Out of more than 200 members, more than 72 percent reported they currently have a services-based application in production. Another 22 percent expect to have SOA systems in production by the middle of 2006. Organizations with production SOA apps had, on average, 25.1 staff members working in some capacity on their SOA initiatives and had built 41.5 services at the time the survey was conducted.

"Survey results from the SOA Leaders Councils reinforce what we've seen in the marketplace," says John Guerriere, VP of marketing at ThoughtWorks. "An increasing number of enterprises are embarking on the architectural shift to services-based applications, and are now taking them in to production."

SOA Leaders Council members cited still-evolving industry standards and the challenge of reusing software components as the most difficult in their work with SOA technologies. The most commonly reported means for proving the value of SOA were opportunistic projects and demonstrating how service-oriented architecture enables IT to better align with business goals.

The SOA Leaders Council is a collaborative community where IT executives, CIOs and architects planning, designing and implementing SOAs at large enterprises share their experiences and expertise with their peers. Community sponsors include AmberPoint, Parasoft, ThoughtWorks, Reactivity, and Systinet. For more information, visit SOALeaders or email [email protected].