A recent Ventana Research survey contained some news both good and bad about SOA.
In the good column, 81 percent of respondents said SOA is important "to some degree" for business intelligence. This is likely due to SOA's perceived importance to enterprise integration. The respondents said they planned to integrate their BI tools with other enterprise services such as portals and transactional applications.
In the bad column, two-thirds of respondents said they lacked the resources necessary to implement SOA. Fifty-three percent cited a lack of general knowledge and 48 percent mentioned difficulty determining the internal IT resources needed for an SOA effort.
Troubling as those numbers may seem, they are much more positive than those in a recent survey of government IT workers. Only half of those respondents had heard of SOA and, of those who had, about a third of them couldn't define it correctly.
And 24 percent of companies with SOA initiatives said their projects did not meet their expectations, according to another survey conducted by InformationWeek. Just 7 percent said their results "exceeded expectations."