IBM deepens drive for Service Oriented Architecture

IBM has made its biggest service oriented architecture (SOA) push to date with four new and 23 enhanced products and 11 new professional services designed to help users turn their business processes into software components.

IBM has made its biggest service oriented architecture (SOA) push to date with four new and 23 enhanced products and 11 new professional services designed to help users turn their business processes into software components.

SOA allows IT staff to publish the business functions of an application as a web service, letting other applications make use of those functions.

“SOA is a fundamental shift in technology that will continue to significantly impact business,” said Steve Mills, senior vice president, IBM Software Group. 

“With the early adopter phase behind us and SOA software capabilities deemed as table stakes, the next logical evolution in this market will be ensuring that vendors and customers have the resources and skills available to make the most of their SOA investments,” he added.

IBM’s new software and services focus on four areas: business process management (BPM); governance; preparing IT infrastructures for SOA; and creating specialised SOA services. 

IBM also announced the results of a study by the Institute for Business Value, which found that 92% of IBM SOA customers implemented a SOA to reduce their costs. The Business Value of Service-Oriented Architecture study also found that 51% of customers experienced a growth in revenues because of their SOA.

The IBM announcement follows results of a Computer Weekly CIO Index which showed that the adoption of service oriented architecture is becoming more widespread among businesses.

Our second quarterly survey revealed that SOA is now implemented at a departmental level in 16% of businesses, compared with 9% when the survey was launched in April. In addition, 19% of businesses are piloting SOA technologies, compared to 15% in the first set of findings.

Besides IBM, several software vendors have put SOA at the centre of their product strategies, including SAP, BEA and Oracle.

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