SOA Adoption Rising: ROI Positive But Beware of Costs

January, 2009


For years, organizations have been seeking ways to increase the productivity of application development personnel while improving the quality of their information systems. This study documents an increase in adoption of service-oriented architecture (SOA), as an answer to this dilemma. It breaks down adoption by stages of implementation and organization size, and it takes inventory of ROI and TCO experiences with SOA initiatives. We also look at adoption rates for the competing Java and Microsoft .NET frameworks for developing SOA services. In conclusion, we examine the benefits and challenges of SOA in practice and give advice on how to ensure SOA stays a solid investment in the long run. (11 pp., 7 figs.)
[Executive Summary]