Survey: SOA In, Vista Out

By Larry Dignan  |  Posted 2006-05-12 Email Print this article Print

SOA is the next big thing, Oracle is back in favor, and Novell gains in Linux, according to a Merrill Lynch survey.

Service-oriented architecture is the next big thing for CIOs, Oracle's back in favor, and Novell is showing slight gains in Linux. Vista, however, is on the outs, according to a Merrill Lynch survey.

Merrill Lynch, which released the survey May 12, found that 47 percent of the 76 CIOs surveyed in April plan to increase software spending. That's up from 43 percent from January.

Among the key findings:

  • SOA was cited by 87 percent of CIOs as "the next big thing" in enterprise software. However, only 11 percent of CIOs see SOA as a key priority for 2006, whereas 21 percent said they see SOA as a big priority in 2007. CIOs indicated they are most likely to spend their SOA dollars with IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

  • Oracle applications and databases seem to be gaining favor. Among the CIOs surveyed, 38 percent said they plan to buy more Oracle applications, up from 31 percent in January. Only 10 percent said they will pause spending to wait for Oracle's Fusion platform in 2008. The wild card with Oracle: 40 percent of CIOs say they may go with SAP. On the database front, 64 percent of CIOs say they expect to spend more on Oracle. The company's enterprise search products, however, need more work, as 83 percent of CIOs said they don't plan to buy them in 2006.

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    Larry formerly served as the East Coast news editor and Finance Editor at CNET Prior to that, he was editor of Ziff Davis Inter@ctive Investor, which was, according to Barron's, a Top-10 financial site in the late 1990s. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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