SOAs Are Being Implemented at Large Companies, Evans Data Says
Published: April 17, 2007
by Alex Woodie
You've undoubtedly heard of services oriented architecture (SOA), the new "loosely coupled" Web services development model that is sweeping the IT nation. While there have been boatloads of hype surrounding SOA, it also appears that the SOA technique is finding its share of participants, according to a new Evans Data survey that finds that enterprise-level SOA deployments will double over the next two years.
According to a survey of more than 300 developers at enterprise-size companies, nearly 25 percent of organizations already have an SOA in place. What's more, over the next 24 months, another 28 percent of respondents plan to roll out an SOA, according to Evan's latest Corporate Development Issues survey. Put another way, that means more than half of enterprise-level organizations will have SOAs in place by 2009.
The Santa Cruz, California, research firm also looked into the adoption of Enterprise Service Busses (ESBs), the powerful server-based applications that function as the I/O switchboards of SOAs. According to Evans, 15 percent of respondents have adopted ESBs, and another 15 percent will have adopted ESBs over the next two years.
These numbers should be cause for celebration among vendors writing next-generation integration and development tools, according to John Andrews, president of Evans Data. "The SOA software market is poised for healthy growth," he says. Enterprise integration and the need for flexible business processes continues to drive the demand for SOA as a viable and popular option to achieving competent IT infrastructure."
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