SAN JOSE, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced that for the second year running, an InfoWorld survey conducted by IDG Research has revealed BEA's dominance over IBM and Oracle as the industry's top service-oriented architecture (SOA) thought leader. BEA also ranked number one over other IT vendors that respondents would consider for SOA solutions and services in the next 12 months. This marks the third year that InfoWorld and IDG Research have conducted this groundbreaking report on SOA market trends and represents a comprehensive view of how IT decision-makers have evolved their views on SOA projects and deployments since 2005.
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, today announced that for the second year running, an InfoWorld survey conducted by IDG Research has revealed BEA's dominance over IBM and Oracle as the industry's top service-oriented architecture (SOA) thought leader. BEA also ranked number one over other IT vendors that respondents would consider for SOA solutions and services in the next 12 months. This marks the third year that InfoWorld and IDG Research have conducted this groundbreaking report on SOA market trends and represents a comprehensive view of how IT decision-makers have evolved their views on SOA projects and deployments since 2005.
Two-thirds of IT decision-makers surveyed (67 percent) named BEA as an SOA thought leader, while IBM and Oracle were named by 63 percent and 39 percent of respondents, respectively. Fifty-one percent of respondents named BEA as a company they would consider working with to deploy SOA solutions and services in the next 12 months, whereas IBM was named by 45 percent, and Oracle was named by 36 percent. The research also shows that the scope of SOA projects have progressed dramatically from 2005 through 2007, with enterprise-wide adoptions increasing from eight percent to 21 percent over the three-year period.
"It's great to see recognition from the market that BEA continues to lead the pack as an SOA innovator and thought leader," said Bruce Graham, senior vice president of Worldwide Consulting for BEA Systems. "It's also clear that more customers are seeing the benefits SOA can bring in terms of increased agility, innovation and cost reduction. Our goal is to continue to assist our customers in the most challenging areas such as SOA Governance, training and roadmap planning, as they make the transition to SOA-based architectures."
Seventy-two percent of respondents believe that the definition of SOA as "an IT strategy that organizes the discrete functions contained in enterprise applications into interoperable, standards-based services that can be combined and reused quickly to meet business needs" describes SOA well or very well.
The IDG survey also revealed that SOA adoption is gaining momentum with a steady year-over-year increase from 2005 and 2006. Nearly two-thirds (59 percent) of respondents said their company considers SOA a critical or high priority for the next 12 months, up seven percent from last year. In addition, 78 percent of respondents said SOA would be a critical or high priority for their company in the next three to five years.
Other key findings from the survey include the following: — Lack of skills or training, IT and business organizational barriers and lack of best practice guidelines were cited as the top three challenges in deploying SOA. — Lack of governance was cited as the leading inhibitor of SOA adoption. — One-third of decision-makers surveyed (33%) will reduce investment in packaged applications due to SOA.
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IDG Research Services Group conducted the latest survey, which took place in December 2006 and January 2007 and was co-sponsored by BEA and InfoWorld. To conduct the survey, IDG Research recruited respondents by email. The sample for the study was selected from among a mix of InfoWorld's audience and BEA customers and prospects. Cookies were utilized to ensure one response per respondent. Qualified respondents were required to be:
— Employed in IT management or in a corporate/business unit management function or position at a company with 500 or more employees. — Currently evaluating, screening, planning, pilot testing or implementing a SOA. — Involved with SOA initiatives and purchase decisions.
Out of 1,034 individuals who responded, 592 met all screening criteria. The margin of error is +/- 4.0 percent.
BEA Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BEAS) is a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software. BEA's SOA 360 platform is the industry's most unified SOA platform for business transformation and optimization, in order to improve cost structures and grow new revenue streams. Information about how BEA is enabling customers to achieve Business LiquidITy(TM) can be found at bea.com.
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