BEA Summit: Do not rush SOA projects

To avert failure, businesses must not rush implementing complex service oriented architecture (SOA) projects, BEA Systems warned delegates at its annual conference.

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To avert failure, businesses must not rush implementing complex service oriented architecture (SOA) projects, BEA Systems warned delegates at its annual conference.

BEA Systems claims that around 57% of large businesses worldwide are currently running an SOA project. But this contrasts with other surveys that indicate SOA take-up is slow.

“Enterprise SOA is a multi-year journey. You need to take pragmatic, incremental steps, realise the business value at each step and match the rate of adoption to the competency and abilities of those working on the project,” Cliff Booth, VP enterprise architecture at BEA’s consulting arm, told delegates at the BEA Arch2Arch Summit, an annual customer event in Nice.

Many large businesses implement SOA architecture to improve business processes and help with customer satisfaction, said Booth. BEA Systems warned the process is so complex that it cannot be rushed if it is to work well. The importance of SOA projects justifies a considered approach, he said.

Commitment is an important part of the success of an SOA project, Booth added: “You need a next generation IT infrastructure, the ability to stick with corporate development and evolution, and a consistent approach to service engineering.”

Booth suggested that it is important not to have people trying to implement advanced processes too early, because it is slower and less effective than evolving a company’s infrastructure and assessing the effectiveness of the changes along the way.

BEA Systems has 16,000 clients globally including the UK government, media companies, manufacturers, telecommunications firms, finance companies and postal firms.

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