Most IT directors remain unconvinced about the benefits of service oriented architectures, with many confused about what SOA means.
Research conducted by Vanson Bourne for Diagonal Consulting found that 66% of IT heads of larger firms viewed the notion of SOA as marketing-led hype. A further 28% saw it as referring only to software development and architecture.
The research also found that 84% of IT leaders do not believe their chief executives or finance directors understand SOA. This led nearly 50% of respondents to conclude that getting boardroom buy-in for an SOA programme was the biggest barrier to progress in this area.
A further 26% said they would need to define and map their business processes more clearly before embarking on an SOA programme, and 24% said the need to change the architecture of their applications was holding them back.
Mark Williamson, managing director at Diagonal, said, "Organisations are making a fundamental mistake if they simply look at SOA in terms of development and architecture."
He added, "At its core, SOA is about re-engineering the IT function so that it is able to embrace the development and reuse of services that can be pieced together to support a business process."