More Enterprises Intend to Become Service Oriented

Corporate tech departments are driving their organizations to become service-oriented enterprises, according to the results of a survey of more than 300 participants attending last week’s Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 launch.

According to the survey conducted by Capgemini U.S., a technology and outsourcing consulting firm, while only 37 percent of enterprises use service-oriented architecture technologies, almost 64 percent plan on using these technologies in the near future, moving toward the creation of service-oriented enterprises.

SOA also emerged as the number-one driver of corp IT infrastructure investments in 2006 for more than 41 percent of respondents, compared to 38 percent for business intelligence and 16 percent for outsourcing/labor arbitrage.

At the Microsoft launch, respondents identified the most important benefits of Microsoft technology as cost reductions on integration projects (55 percent), increased return on existing assets (31 percent) and capability to automate key business processes (10 percent). Attendees looked to leverage the new Microsoft technologies quickly. In the near future, more than half of respondents plan on upgrading their BizTalk Software (62 percent) and SQL Servers (55 percent).

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