Report Says SOA Is Still Relevant and Worthwhile

Not long ago, the buzz-phrase "service-oriented architecture" saturated the IT industry, before being overtaken by the cloud. But SOA remains alive and relevant, Forrester Research reported last month.

SOA is a software design approach where systems are composed of interoperable "services" featuring reusable code.

According to Forrester's report, 71% of the 1,035 enterprises that responded to its recent survey are already using SOA or will be by the end of this year.

Moreover, companies are happy with how their SOA efforts have turned out. "Forrester measures SOA satisfaction by whether it has provided enough benefit that an organization will be expanding its use of SOA. By this measure, 77% of enterprise respondents are satisfied," the report said.

Ultimately, the data suggests that companies that haven't considered SOA should do so, according to the analysts who authored the report.

"Many well-meaning people in the industry cast SOA as simply a way to do application integration, thus making it seem irrelevant to anyone whose integration problems seem to be under control," they wrote. "Others make it sound like SOA takes a huge investment to get started. Neither of these perspectives is true."

This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.

Copyright © 2011 IDG Communications, Inc.

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