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SOA Benefits Revisited
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Assessing payback in the downturn
By Dale Vile

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  • 1. www.freeformdynamics.com
    SOA Benefits Revisited
    Assessing payback in the downturn
    Dale Vile, Research Director
    Freeform Dynamics Ltd
    dale@freeformdynamics.com
    April 2009
  • 2. Economy is currently turbulent...
    ... how should IT respond?
  • 3. Firm foundations
    How well aligned are IT activities with business priorities?
    How do users generally feel about IT in your organisation?
    Source: Freeform Dynamics, Oct 2008
  • 4. Maintaining control
    Economic pressure
    IT DEPT RESPONSE
    Not just about cost cutting
    Need for balanced approach
    Think beyond IT operations
  • 5. Relevance of SOA
    Economic pressure
    Streamline app development and maintenance
    IT DEPT RESPONSE
    Enhance business visibility and responsiveness
    Enable service prioritisation and user empowerment
    Not just about cost cutting
    Need for balanced approach
    Think beyond IT operations
    Drive process automation and optimisation
  • 6. What benefits do you expect or see from adopting an SOA approach?
    Cost and efficiency benefits often not appreciated
    Source: Freeform Dynamics Ltd, 246 responses, Nov 2008
  • 7. SOA Essentials
    Fundamental
    Emphasis on ‘services’ rather than ‘systems’
    IT infrastructure dimension
    Component-based rather than monolithic software
    Self-describing standards-based interfaces
    SOA tools and middleware
    Business alignment dimension
    Collaboration between IT and The Business
    Comprehensive modelling of business services
    Service oriented governance model
  • 8. Three adoption constituencies
    Infrastructure
    Alignment
    No
    SOA
    SOA
    SOA
    Infrastructure SOA is the most common starting point
    Yields most of the efficiency based benefits
    Less disruptive and faster time to benefit
    Can be implemented within the IT domain
  • 9. Service prioritisation and rationalisation
    The services view facilitates dialogue with the business
    Permits prioritisation of capability delivered
    Opportunities to wield the axe or reallocate resources
    Downturn benefits
    Upturn readiness
    Focus in what’s important, what’s valuable
  • 10. Practicalities
    Strategic and tactical approaches not mutually exclusive
    Pure top-down has high risk of failure in current climate
    Infrastructure foundation laying important, but...
    ...work on real project requirements from the outset
    Begin by reviewing existing and planned initiatives
    Managing expectations is key
    Not a short term ‘magic bullet’ for IT efficiency/savings
    Investment in skills and software can lead to initial cost spike
    Ensure that business impact is taken into consideration
    Right approach means returns measured in months, not years
    Adopt things in the right order
    Services mindset, SOA skills/tooling, SOA infrastructure
    Talk to and involve the business!
  • 11. www.freeformdynamics.com
    SOA Benefits Revisited
    Assessing payback in the downturn
    Dale Vile, Research Director
    Freeform Dynamics Ltd
    dale@freeformdynamics.com
    April 2009

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