IT directors sceptical about benefits of SOA

Most IT directors remain unconvinced about the benefits of service oriented architectures, with many confused about what SOA means.

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."

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