SOA forecast to be a key trend in 2007

For IT directors, this year will be characterised by an increasing migration to service oriented architectures (SOAs) and the introduction of "lean" manufacturing principles in datacentre operations, according to management consultancy McKinsey.

For IT directors, this year will be characterised by an increasing migration to service oriented architectures (SOAs) and the introduction of "lean" manufacturing principles in datacentre operations, according to management consultancy McKinsey.

Research among US CIOs found that 64% of respondents plan to implement SOAs in the coming year, which McKinsey said was in part a reflection of the growing adoption of web services standards in organisations.

The second trend poised to strengthen in 2007 is the application of lean manufacturing principles in datacentres, with 28% of respondents saying they had already consolidated, or proposed to consolidate their datacentre operations, as well as increasing datacentre automation.

Read the McKinsey report

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