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Untagged  30 Jan 2008 5:36 PM
SOA Sweet Spot: Integration by kvandersluis

A survey released this week from AmberPoint, titled "State of SOA Adoption Survey", shows steady growth in SOA adoption among respondents. While I always take a vendor-sponsored survey with a grain of salt, AmberPoint seems to have found their way to real SOA implementers in the corporate environment. Systems Integrators, vendors, and consultants were culled out of the distribution list, leaving only end-users: "a database of IT professionals who have an understanding for SOA concepts and methodologies.... a large population of architects, operations staff and developers." Only a fraction of respondents were AmberPoint customers (15%). The promising news from the survey is that the vast majority of respondents (98%) viewed SOA projects as having a high degree of success. That figure breaks down with 38% stating their projects were a success, achieving all desired goals, and 60% cateogorizing projects as "partially successful", meeting most of the goals.

I happen to agree with the results, as they are consistent with a steady growth in SOA projects that I have seen. One of the more compelling survey questions deals with what problems companies are solving with SOA - Integration tops the list by far, with 75% of respondents saying SOA addresses integration-related issues. I saw one article this week about flailing SOA projects (Time for a ’stimulus package’ for SOA? ), but there seems to be a developing consensus that SOA doesn't solve every problem. No surprise there. Like any technology, SOA is good at solving many problems, but some problems are better left to other solutions. What this survey clearly indicates is that integration is SOA's sweet spot.

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