SOA loses “fad” status: Architecture tops U.K. spending priorities

According to survey sponsor and SOA specialist Software AG, half of the U.K. companies polled placed SOA in their top three spending priorities over the next 12 months, while 96 percent put it in their top five.
By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff October 19, 2007

U.K. IT directors are spending big on service-oriented architecture (SOA), according a Software AG -sponsored survey. Half of the U.K. companies surveyed placed SOA in their top three spending priorities over the next 12 months, while 96 percent put it in their top five.
Of the 100 finance, manufacturing, and retail IT directors in the sample, those in finance emerged as the trailblazers for the technology, with 15 percent claiming to have already fully deployed SOA in their organizations.
Retail firms were less gung-ho in their attitude to SOA. No retailer surveyed had fully implemented the technology, and 57 percent of the retail respondents only put SOA fifth on their list of spending priorities.
Jim Close, Software AG country manager and senior VP, says the survey is proof that SOA has shed its fad status. “More companies realize the long-term value in updating and extending existing and proven mission-critical systems, rather than ripping out and replacing with new solutions,” he says.
However, the survey highlighted a potential problem that could slow down the acceptance of SOA. Almost half the directors felt they didn’t have enough business support to introduce SOA. A further 23 percent admitted they needed to be better educated about SOA’s benefits before they begin deployment.