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SOA delivers value

by Dan Sholler  |  March 27, 2009  |  Comments Off on SOA delivers value

The final analysis of our 2008 survey (which concluded in December) shows us that SOA is clearly delivering value in many organizations.  (See Survey Update: The Value of SOA Gartner subscription required). While the impact of SOA on costs was only moderately positive, SOA made significant contributions to the agility of the IT organization, and the ability of IT support business innovation. Organizations were getting positive ROI from SOA projects within 10 months, on average.

However, there were quite a few warning signs as well. Nearly a quarter of organizations did not measure the value of SOA at all, and 40% did not measure ROI. It seems obvious when you say it, but as all organizations are under pressure to do with less, having no way of demonstrating value is likely to lead to budget cuts and project cancellations.

In the end, it was clear that for most, SOA was a positive step for the organization, and it improved efficiency and agility,and translated into cost savings over the lifecycle of the projects.

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Daniel Sholler
Research VP
13 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Daniel Sholler is a vice president in Gartner, where he advises clients on issues around application architecture, integration and development. Mr. Sholler is an authority on service-oriented architecture, and his current research focuses on… Read Full Bio

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