By John Moore  |  Posted 2007-07-19 Print this article Print

The standard definition of service-oriented architecture is still being debated. But semantics aside, companies are using a variety of frame-works to integrate applications—and increase efficiency.

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SOA: Setting the Standard

What it is:
The concept of reusing or recombining components of a software or systems architecture. Web services—applications that let companies exchange data with customers and partners—can play a key role in building a service-oriented architecture.

Key Players:
BEA Systems, Cape Clear, Fiorano, IBM, Iona Technologies, Microsoft, Oracle, Progress Software, SAP, Sun Microsystems, Tibco Software, WebMethods (acquired by Software AG)

What's Happening:
Sales in the worldwide SOA market are expected to more than double by 2010, according to WinterGreen Research. Driving the growth are more mature product offerings by early market leaders like BEA, Tibco and WebMethods, along with the expanding presence of large vendors such as IBM, Oracle and SAP.

Market Size:
$989.7 million in worldwide sales in 2006 (WinterGreen Research)

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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