SOA Governance: Survey Says...

A SOA Governance survey report was recently released by ebizQ providing some insight into the state of the SOA Governance market.  There has been a lot of buzz over the last couple of years around this topic, so it's interesting to see what the industry's take is on SOA Governance: necessary for SOA success or over hyped? 

One interesting tidbit in the report is that a majority of those polled (50%) are still in the early phases of SOA.  This report doesn't have historical year over year trend data, but if we compare that to a similar study done by IDG last year, you can see that we're still at about the same level we were last year.  However, the number of enterprise scale deployments has gone up from 21% to 35%.  There's probably some mean error due to difference in surveys, but it's still a higher maturation rate then we've seen previously.  This supports the assumption that SOA is going mainstream at an increased rate. It'll be interesting to see what results show next year.

The survey goes on to query how important SOA governance is to organizations implementing SOA.  93% of respondents indicated governance was important to their SOA success (49% of those said SOA will fail without it).  Supporting this, 97% of those surveyed are either already down the governance path or are investigating it.  Now I'm a huge advocate of the need for SOA governance, but these numbers even surprised me.  Some say SOA governance is overhyped in the market, but apparently organizations are beginning to feel the need.  If these numbers hold true, we should see a significant uptake in SOA Governance over the next year, which in turn could boost that enterprise scale SOA percentage even higher. 

The survey goes on to address the drivers and challenges driving SOA governance and the importance of change management.  You can read the results for yourself in the report, but they indicate that a majority understand the importance of SOA Governance and the benefits it can derive. While this may seem unexciting, it's rather significant as it shows the maturation in thinking amongst those attempting SOA today.

The last part of the survey I think is pretty interesting shows that less then 15% of those surveyed feel your SOA Governance vendor of choice must provide an integrated SOA platform.  Why this is interesting is that it implies a preference of heterogeneity and best of breed.  Most organizations out there have a mixed bag of platforms and technologies that must be integrated and orchestrated within their SOA. Whatever tools you use for SOA Governance must provide support for heterogeneous assets without having to use vendor x for managing assets by vendor x and vendor y for managing assets by vendor y, with no correlation. 

Based on the results of this survey, this could make for an exciting year in the SOA world.  If these numbers are true, SOA governance will be a large focus for most organizations this year.  Most agree that SOA will fail without SOA governance, so could this be the year that SOA turns the corner?

 

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