Australia leads Asia's push into SOA

By Len Rust, Computerworld Australia |  SOA

The Asia region's market for service-oriented architecture is estimated to
be worth $810 million, according to Springboard Research, but it's growing fast
and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40 percent will lift its value to
US$2.2 billion by 2010.

Springboard's research further showed that Australia was the largest SOA market
in the region at $205 million.

"SOA continues to gain traction in the market as more companies are either
implementing SOA or are planning to do so," said Balaka Baruah Aggarwal,
senior analyst of emerging software for Springboard. "Awareness has increased
substantially in the last year, and we are now seeing that translate into healthier
adoption levels across Asia," Aggarwal added.

The primary SOA drivers in Asia are improved service delivery in increasingly
competitive markets and improved integration at both the data and application
levels. The leading service delivery improvements enabled by SOA cited by respondents
included reducing the time and cost of delivering services, making services
sharable across the enterprise, and more flexible and reusable services. Although
equally important, integration appears to be emerging as an enabler supporting
the improved service delivery objective.

Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are also strong drivers for SOA deployment,
with 49 percent of the surveyed companies that had experienced M&A deploying
SOA to integrate the IT systems of the merged companies.

Governance is also becoming more important with 85 percent of survey respondents
instituting governance in SOA deployments and 40 percent having a structure
integrated from the beginning of implementation.

"While SOA continues to do well in the region, users still have some challenges.
The main challenge with SOA deployment as named by survey respondents is managing
performance and scalability, and 21 percent mentioned this difficulty as their
number one area of concern," said Aggarwal.

"Additionally, SOA is still largely a technology initiative led by IT
managers, as indicated by 68 percent of our surveyed respondents; as such, SOA
has mainly been a technology-driven investment instead of an investment focused
on addressing clear-cut business goals," Aggarwal added. "This presents
an opportunity for vendors."

In Springboard's analysis, IBM remained the leading SOA vendor in the region,
followed other strong SOA players such as Microsoft, BEA, Hewlett-Packard, SAP,
Tibco, and Oracle.

From its end-user survey, Springboard found that respondents named "proven
products and solutions" as the most important reason for choosing an SOA
vendor, followed by "clearly defined roadmap for deployment" and "vendor

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