Despite all the hype surrounding service-orientated architectures (SOAs), the solution is still not yet the predominant operating model to adopt in many organisations’ minds, analyst group Butler has said.
SOAs are designed to allow firms to flexibly develop and distribute web-based services in response to the needs of the business.
But Butler conducted research into the SOA plans of 80 organisations of various size, and found that SOAs are mainly being trialled at large firms in the technology and financial services sectors.
Butler analyst Mike Thompson said, “The adoption of SOAs has significant potential to improve the value organisations derive from their IT investments, in terms of increased flexibility, improved use of assets, alignment with business objectives, and reduced integration costs.
“However, there is still a considerable degree of hype and misunderstanding around the topic, with consequent confusion as to the exact definition of an SOA, and more importantly, how to begin to realise these benefits.”
Whilst still mainly in the proof-of-concept or pilot phase at many organisations, the adoption of SOAs is continuing to gain momentum despite the challenges, said Butler.
The Butler survey of IT decision-makers at firms found that 8% had deployed SOA in a live environment, with a further 17% engaged in trials, and 36% in the process of evaluating the approach.
The evidence is that organisations are most likely to first transfer internal business processes to SOA, rather than involve external stakeholders.
A lack of in-house expertise was cited as one of the major barriers to the adoption of SOAs. Early adopters have also encountered problems around security, service performance, reliability, and data management.
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