As IT departments continue to prioritize their investment initiatives, many
will find Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a critical item to tackle.
Although key business projects must always take precedence, McKinsey &
Company reports that more than 60% of surveyed CIOs plan to use SOA projects
as a way to achieve associated business objectives.
For good reason SOA is being heralded as a major architectural shift that
enables IT teams to reduce costs and improve responsiveness and flexibility -
two key business objectives for CIOs today. With SOA, IT ultimately becomes a
service provider to the business itself - delivering infrastructure,
applications, and processes as services throughout a company.
SOA certainly offers promise; but at the same time, successfully navigating
the people, process, and technology changes associated with it can be risky.
Of course, c... (more)
One of a CIO's top priorities is to leverage information to enable better
business decisions and outcomes. Many CIOs trace constraints on their
business back to the limitations of older legacy information systems -
specifically, outdated applications.
A legacy-based environment can make it difficult to attain the level of
agility, flexibility, and responsiveness that growing enterprises need from
their applications. For many organizations, the application has become the
business - powered by technology. Modernizing applications is a key step to
providing agility and lower cost o... (more)