Average Spending on SOA Reached $1.4 million in 2007
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By Mel Duvall
The market for service-oriented architecture (SOA) systems has made the leap beyond early adopters and has now found a home in the majority of organizations, according to a report released this week by AMR Research.
In its SOA Spending Report 2007-2008, the Boston research firm found that SOA made significant gains in 2007. Adoption jumped from 21% of companies surveyed in 2006, to 53% in 2007. Those figures represented companies that have either implemented several projects using SOA, have implemented one project using SOA, or are currently implementing their first project using SOA. In addition, the average adopter of SOA spent nearly $1.4 million on software and services. (AMR does not have a corresponding figure for 2006).
"The most significant thing that came out of this report is that the technology has clearly moved beyond the early adopter phase and into the early majority phase of the market," says Research Director Ian Finley. "SOA is being adopted by basically every kind of company, which is very different from a year ago when we were only seeing the early adopters like banks and companies with very large IT organizations."
Unlike early adopters, who are more comfortable with emerging technologies, Finley says the early majority buyers tend to want to purchase from well established vendors, or through their existing technology partners, such as an IBM, Oracle or SAP. That could spur the market into a faster consolidation phase, as has been seen with Software AG's purchase of webMethods a year ago, and Oracle's move in January to purchase BEA Systems.
AMR found that Microsoft led the SOA software market with its Microsoft.net platform, followed by IBM WebSphere, BEA Weblogic, Oracle Fusion, and SAP's NetWeaver.
AMR conducted 405 Web-based interviews for the study with IT executives at companies in the U.S., Germany and China. It found that the primary driver for investment in SOA was the need to be able to change systems faster and with less risk (22%), followed by the need to meet requirements for an individual project (18%), and the need to reduce IT costs through reuse (17%).
The following is a summary of SOA adoption in the U.S. market:
Have implemented several SOA projects - 27%
Have implemented one project - 16%
Currently implementing first project - 9%
Considering SOA in the next 12 months - 22%
Considering SOA in 12-24 months - 10%
Not considering SOA in next 24 months - 16%
Source: AMR Research
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