Aberdeen Releases Research Report on SOA Governance Progress

ITKO Co-sponsors Fact-Based Survey Measuring Value of Services-based Software, available here.

Dallas, TX, April 11 2007 - ITKO, Inc., a provider of complete automated testing solutions for SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) software, today announced the availability of an Aberdeen Group Research report titled, "Management and Governance: Planning for an Optimized SOA Application Lifecycle." The research finds that a lack of governance within IT organizations is the chief roadblock to managing an effective SOA strategy. ITKO co-sponsored the research by Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company.

Initial findings of the survey found that:

  • Companies that employ SOA-specific operations automation, and related governance software for automation earlier in the adoption process, consistently achieve much higher value from their SOA investments;
  • About 40 percent of leading or best-in-class organizations have earned paybacks of more than $1 Million on their SOA investments, compared with 14 percent of the entire survey pool. These companies tend to monitor their application development lifecycles more closely than typical enterprises.
  • Web Services (SOAP/WSDL) enablement alone accounted for less than half of the primary deployment strategies of Best-in-Class companies.

Lifecycle Quality is a key aspect of SOA Governance, and SOA Testing is important at every stage of adoption to ensure that the resulting services, and their underlying implementation layers, can be trusted for business purposes. At design time, build time and runtime, every layer of distributed SOA architectures must be tested thoroughly. Without visibility into -- and enforcement of -- the structural integrity, behaviors and performance of the entire system, businesses cannot reap the expected reuse, cost and business agility benefits.

"SOA Governance must provide a level of trust to accompany the constant integration inherent in SOA architectures," said Jim Mackay, chief marketing officer, ITKO, Inc. "Businesses applying SOA Lifecycle Quality earlier in their SOA governance strategy can avoid risk, and gain the most return on their investments in SOA applications. It is vitally important to educate people on the true value of achieving trust as early as possible. Aberdeen's research on this topic serves as a wake-up call to companies that start deploying services without fully thinking through their SOA strategy."

"Too many organizations are trying to scale SOA operations and development using obsolete technology and processes," said Peter S. Kastner, Aberdeen's vice president for enterprise integration research, and the report's author. "But we found that the companies that come out ahead in managing and governing their SOAs succeed by investing in the right technology tools and realigning their organizational structures and processes -- governance -- to accommodate this significant sea change in corporate computing."

The research, based on a survey of more than 950 organizations worldwide and spanning multiple industries, shows readers in-depth survey results and how to best implement a successful SOA strategy. This report is valued at US$399; however, for a limited time a complimentary copy of the report, underwritten by ITKO, is available by following this link: here.

The ITKO LISA suite of products offer the world's most comprehensive testing solution for Service-Oriented Architectures. Unlike conventional UI- and code-oriented testing tools, LISA was built from the ground up to test the many heterogeneous components, and the workflows, that make up SOA software.

About ITKO, a CA Technologies company

ITKO, a CA Technologies company, optimizes composite application lifecycles. Our LISA service virtualization and validation software increases the agility of developing and delivering complex and cloud-based applications to market faster, while shifting quality left to eliminate costly constraints and defects in an environment of constant change. ITKO solutions eliminate software dependencies, decrease release times, and increase the reliability of composite applications that leverage cloud computing, SOA, BPM, integration suites and ESBs. ITKO's global customers include 5 of the top 6 Fortune 500 commercial banks, 5 of the top 6 Fortune 500 telecommunications firms as well as leading firms in insurance, travel, retail, utilities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.ITKO.com.

ITKO Press Contact: Jason English - news@ITKO.com - 1-214.764.9318


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