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January 15, 2007

The New SOA Opportunity

New customer research indicates that SOA adoption may be slower than expected. Vendors can capitalize by stepping up with expertise, governance and improved offerings.

By Bill McNee, Bruce Guptill and Mike West, Saugatuck Technology

Services-oriented architecture (SOA) is a far greater challenge than most companies realized when they began to adopt and deploy SOA. Rework, failed projects, and immature technologies have characterized many early user enterprise SOA deployments. Moreover, users often confuse such typical project benefits as application integration with the true, longer-term benefits of SOA, such as more responsive and agile application architectures and reuse of services.Ý

A core driver of these challenges is a lack of IT and SOA planning and governance among user business and IT management. The results for user enterprises include increased complexities and costs, and dramatically reduced SOA benefits. The results for vendors are too-often frustrated and disappointed customers.

In order to help deliver SOA success, todayís software companies need to accept the reality of current SOA deployments and capitalize on the opportunity to offer appropriate products, governance and expertise.


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The New Mantra of Success: Data Utilization

The Internet, Web services and on-demand offerings have moved technology users to the brink of realizing ITís original promise: information access, anytime, anywhere. Peter Goldmacher of Cowen and Company says that the software vendors must move from providing data creation, to delivering data utilization, in order to remain successful. Read more about this growth driver and software investment theme in the Blog on New Era, New Thinking.

Hallmarks of Enteprise 2.0 Success

A closer look at the industryís progress towards ìEnteprise 2.0î finds many businesses are not quite ready. Shirish Netke of Aztecsoft rounds up the latest thinking and identifies three ìmust-haveî characteristics for Enterprise 2.0 technologies in his post to the Blog on Enterprise 2.0.

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Tough at the Top

An exciting week for the technology industry turns into a tough week for its leaders, including bad news for Steve Jobs and Bill Gates; plus, the first wave of Web 2.0 ìdeathsî and renewed life for Henning Kagermann, ìNet Neutralityî and the H-1B visa debate. Read all recent software news in the latest Software News Summary.

The Biggest Barrier to Growth in India & China

Reducing government interference in the financial sector and strengthening its market orientation are essential to make it allocate capital efficiently and meet the needs of savers. Addressing these deficiencies will increase GDP in China and India by tens of millions of dollars. Read more about this barrier and how to reduce it in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

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Parting Thought

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