Over 60% of UK organisations not ready for SOA – falling behind USA and Europe, says Capgemini survey

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A survey from Capgemini UK plc shows that around two thirds of UK organisations could well miss out on the benefits of SOA

Around two-thirds (64%) of UK organisations have not adopted the concepts of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), despite the surge in interest. Similarly 58% of UK companies have no plans to increase collaboration between themselves, their customers, their suppliers and other trading partners to benefit from the advantages of SOA.

Conversely a similar survey by Capgemini in the United States last month found that 82% of surveyed firms from the US and Europe plan on taking advantage of SOA.

James Greaves, a Director of SOA Solutions at Capgemini said:

“Given the complexity of this whole area in general, it is understandable that getting the benefits of SOA adopted within organisations may well prove to be challenging.

“The difficulties of business and IT effectively working together are well documented but this is particularly challenging when new technological approaches emerge. With SOA, a further risk is present: without a positive stance organisations may find that the hundreds of applications today become the thousands of services of tomorrow, with TCO and risk spiralling out of control.

“Capgemini has many years’ experience of IT architecture, design and implementation of service oriented solutions and we have learned that in order to glean the benefits of a services approach, a clear structure – or an ‘integrated architecture’ – is needed to articulate business capabilities in terms of services and aligning these with IT applications. Furthermore, new approaches are needed to ensure services can be effectively delivered into a business.”

The survey, carried out by Capgemini UK plc at the UK Oracle User Group 2005 Conference & Exhibition also found that there is optimism on IT budgets for 2006, with 84% of organisations believing that their organisations will spend at least the same if not more on IT next year compared to 2005.

Capgemini’s Greaves added:

“SOA can provide organisations with the opportunity to benefit from changing their business processes to increase internal collaboration, as well as collaboration with its customers, suppliers and trading partners. These benefits are more easily attained if organisations turn themselves into Service Oriented Enterprises and aim to approach the whole change programme in a business prioritised and incremental manner.”

Capgemini UK plc surveyed 200 IT professionals at the Oracle User Group UK Conference & Exhibition in Birmingham, UK, 31 October–2 November 2005.

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