68% of Services Collecting Dust

In Companies still seeking ROI from SOA, Computerworld journalist Heather Havenstein reports on new Nucleus Research findings on the ROI of SOA.

The report finds that only 37% of companies using SOA have seen ROI.  The report also finds that developers working for the 63% of companies on the losing end of that equation aren't using available SOA tools. According to the report, organizations whose developers use SOA tools have increased productivity by 28%.

Havenstein writes:

Nucleus suggested that companies train developers and acquire repository and registry technology to ensure that services that can be reused can be easily found. O'Connell said that because most SOA projects to date have been limited to corporate silos, investments in repository and registry technology have yet to be made.

In fact, the report found that fewer than one in three companies now use repositories, registries, SOA competency centers, or other tools and technologies that can help broaden SOA adoption. On average, only 32% of published services are reused, the report added.

Do that math. Based on the Nucleus numbers, 68% of available services don't get reused, for reasons that include the fact the developers just can't find them. In the search for ROI, that's a lot of money to leave on the table. Will the prospect of a 28% increase in productivity convince those companies to make smarter choices? 

Time is money, and time will tell.

 

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