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SOA, Something or Anything

עד כמה ארגונים מודעים לתחום ה-SOA ומהם היתרונות שהתקבלו מיישום SOA בארגון. המחקר בוצע על ידי חברת Quocirca במסגרת של 1,466 ראיונות עם גורמים מחליטים ומשפיעים בארגונים.

Just how aware are businesses of Service Oriented Architectures, and how much benefit do people see from being able to have such an environment? Quocirca’s research points to high levels of ignorance in many areas – a great deal of education is needed to drive forwards the capabilities of SOAs for general adoption. However, the research also shows that those companies that have gone down the SOA route are gaining real, tangible benefits.

SOA awareness is far lower than expected

From earlier research, overall growth in SOA awareness has been minimal. The lack of business awareness of SOA is stark, with over 50% of business respondents being completely unaware of SOA. Even within the technical community, this lack of awareness is running at nearly 25%.

Regional differences in SOA awareness are high

The US leads in SOA awareness with a response rate of 37% for a deep knowledge of SOA; Europe comes in second at 27% and APAC trails at 15%. However, country-level granularity shows some large holes in awareness – Eastern Europe has 65% of respondents with no understanding of SOA, with Greater China and Korea running at greater than 25% levels of no understanding.

 Those who have implemented an SOA see benefits in its use

Nearly 90% of those who have implemented an SOA see the approach as being “highly important” or “critical” to their business. This compares to 28% for the total respondent group.

Life Sciences and Consumer Packaged Goods lead the way in  OA deployments

Nearly 20% of Life Sciences companies have a fully implemented SOA architecture. At the other end of the scale, less than 5% of industrial and retail companies have an SOA infrastructure.

 

Telecommunications sees the greatest importance in SOA

17% of telecommunication companies see SOA as critical to their success going forwards, whereas just over 1% of financial institutions see SOA as being critical.

Security and systems management are not seen as

insuperable problems

Although nearly 30% of respondents saw security as being very hard or impossible in an SOA environment, 60% saw that SOA security would be little different to other security needs. Similarly, although nearly 10% of respondents perceived the management of an SOA to be too difficult to contemplate, nearly 50% saw that existing systems would be able to cope, and over 30% felt that it would be done easily enough with new tooling. SOA Gurus had found security and management far easier than was perceived by the overall sample.

 Many companies accept that functional re-use is the way forwards. But not all companies are using SOA and Web Services to make this happen.

 With the lack of awareness of SOA, Quocirca’s research shows, companies run the risk of repeating historical mistakes in implementing an architecture that gains short-term tactical gains, while requiring a “rip and replace” upgrade in the future.

Discussion

SOA architectures are seen by those who have implemented them as providing long term strategic advantages to their organisations. However, the general perception of SOA is that it is more a “nice to have” – and the levels of complete lack of awareness are high enough to heavily impact the uptake of SOA in the short to mid term. Although SOA “Gurus” see great advantages through the use of SOA, vendors will have to educate the market in a consistent manner to ensure that these benefits are more widely accepted and organisations must look to standardised SOA implementations to ensure long-term flexibility and market advantages.

 Clive Longbottom

Quocirca Ltd

Tel +44 1189 483 360

Clive.Longbottom@quocirca.com

Bob Tarzey

Quocirca Ltd

Tel +44 1753 855 794

Bob.Tarzey@quocirca.com

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 RESEARCH NOTE: 

The information presented in this report was derived from 1,466 interviews with senior IT influencers and decision makers completed in April 2006. 179 of these were conducted in the United States, 721 in Europe and the remainder (566) in the Asia Pacific region. Respondents were from a mixture of large multinationals and medium to large national organisations, from across a broad cross section of industry sectors.

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