Saving money with a service-oriented outlook

The world's largest companies can save up to $53 billion in IT spending over the next 5 years by implementing SOAs, according to a new report from AberdeenGroup. Yet the research, "The SOA in IT Benchmark Report," says the business benefits of SOA remain largely untapped. A survey of nearly 300 IT and business executives, which formed the basis for the report, found that only 16 percent of companies have had more than 24 months of experience with SOAs.

"Companies cannot expect business benefits from SOA before the IT department has been able to assimilate what SOA can do for them," says William Mougayar, who directs Aberdeen's CIO's Strategic Agenda practice and is author of the report. "The number-one cascading effect of SOA's benefits for IT is the development of new products and capabilities, but this is only possible after full-lifecycle SOA implementations."

AberdeenGroup found that companies that have had experience in the full cycle of SOA implementations have been able to quantify their benefits in speed of deployment, easier integration and faster customization and updates.

For a comp copy of the report, email AberdeenGroup's William Mougayar.