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SOA is this year’s big thing, says Accenture

Karl Flinders

Service oriented architectures are being used more and more widely within UK firms, with many major organisations having now adopted some version of the technology, according to global consultancy Accenture.

David Thomlinson, Accenture’s recently appointed managing director for the UK and Ireland, told Computer Weekly that SOA stood out as the latest “hot” technology.

“All of our big customers are really looking at this,” he said.

“Using SOA is pivotal today to investing in future technologies.”

Accenture itself is spending money on SOA readiness, according to Thomlinson.

“SOA is an area [where] we are making very significant investments to develop our capabilities,” he said.

But Clive Longbottom, services director at analyst firm Quocirca, warned that companies such as Accenture needed to ensure they were providing true SOA capability to all their clients.

“Businesses are going for it but the question is whether they are doing it at the right scale,” he said. Longbottom said some companies were replacing legacy applications across the board with SOA while others were retaining a lot of existing application but linking them up using SOA technologies.

 “The big consultancies need to ensure that they are only recommending suitable SOA technologies that are a good fit for a particular business,” he added.

Hans Sparkes, marketing director for open solutions business at Unisys, also agreed with Accenture that all major customers were now engaged with or otherwise evaluating SOA.

“The big organisations definitely see SOA as the thing to get to grips with their applications,” he said.

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