www.freeformdynamics.com<br />SOA Benefits Revisited<br />Assessing payback in the downturn<br />Dale Vile, Research Direc...
Economy is currently turbulent...<br />... how should IT respond?<br />
Firm foundations<br />How well aligned are IT activities with business priorities?<br />How do users generally feel about ...
Maintaining control<br />Economic pressure<br />IT DEPT RESPONSE<br />Not just about cost cutting<br />Need for balanced a...
Relevance of SOA<br />Economic pressure<br />Streamline app development and maintenance<br />IT DEPT RESPONSE<br />Enhance...
What benefits do you expect or see from adopting an SOA approach?<br />Cost and efficiency benefits often not appreciated<...
SOA Essentials<br />Fundamental<br />Emphasis on ‘services’ rather than ‘systems’<br />IT infrastructure dimension<br />Co...
Three adoption constituencies <br />Infrastructure<br />Alignment<br />No<br />SOA<br />SOA<br />SOA<br />Infrastructure S...
Service prioritisation and rationalisation<br />The services view facilitates dialogue with the business<br />Permits prio...
Practicalities<br />Strategic and tactical approaches not mutually exclusive<br />Pure top-down has high risk of failure i...
www.freeformdynamics.com<br />SOA Benefits Revisited<br />Assessing payback in the downturn<br />Dale Vile, Research Direc...
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SOA Benefits Revisited

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

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