SOA Success: Five Actions CIOs Say You Should Take

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CIOs deploying a service-oriented architecture say success can boil down to some key action items.

Alan Goldstein, managing-director of the Bank of New York's technology risk management and architecture division, says service-oriented architecture has let the bank trim 15 percent to 20 percent of the cost of new development and testing. He also reports a 10 percent shrinkage in development cycle time. "The core of what our management and business owners really care about is delivering innovative functionality to customers as quickly as possible, at a high quality and in a reasonably cost-effective manner," says Goldstein.

The underlying software design philosophy of SOA challenges organizations to create reusable services, rather than one-off applications The reuse aspect of SOA translates into lower costs—since information technology shops can minimize redundant software code—as well as faster software development times. The economy of development means organizations can more readily respond to the evolving needs of customers and business partners.

Those benefits don't come without considerable effort, however. The departure from the traditional software development lifecycle has required some companies to overhaul their IT departments. Service-oriented architecture also requires closer coordination between IT and the business side of the house, a situation that can call for organizational tweaking.

Read the full story on CIO Insight: SOA Success: Five Actions CIOs Say You Should Take.

This article was originally published on 2006-11-06
John writes the Contract Watch column and his own column for the Channel Insider.

John has covered the information-technology industry for 15 years, focusing on government issues, systems integrators, resellers and channel activities. Prior to working with Channel Insider, he was an editor at Smart Partner, and a department editor at Federal Computer Week, a newspaper covering federal information technology. At Federal Computer Week, John covered federal contractors and compiled the publication's annual ranking of the market's top 25 integrators. John also was a senior editor in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Computer Systems News.

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