SOA Visionaries Releases Survey Results
- By Matthew Schwartz, Enterprise Systems
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.