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New Study Says SOA is Becoming 'Integral' to Defense IT Procurement

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Frost & Sullivan just issued some details about a study of SOA adoption within the US Department of Defense:

Continuous advancements in IT are expected to give a huge boost to the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) net-centric vision. The enterprise IT solutions market can eliminate most of the issues associated with networking the DoD by emphasizing modernization programs and enhanced service-oriented approach (SOA) solutions. The DoD has taken well to the SOA approach, as it increases the efficiency and functionality of net-centric and warfare operations.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that the DoD spent $6.6 billion on enterprise IT products and services in FY 2009 and estimates this to reach $8.8 billion in 2015.

"By improving net-centric operations and decreasing the demand for hard-wired interfaces, the SOA approach accommodates the DoD environment," says Frost & Sullivan research analyst Julian Harris. "This method enables system integrators as well as contractors to provide enterprise-wide, valuable solutions for the DoD."

As SOA continues to become increasingly integral to the DoD's enterprise IT infrastructure, it is likely to open up more innovative ways for IT service delivery. SOA will also eliminate incompatibility issues with commercial-off-the-shelf systems (COTS) technology by facilitating enterprise-wide information sharing across the DoD, military service branches, and various related agencies.

"To prevent non-interoperability of COTS technology, the DoD has to continue the push towards more compatible open-source software and operating system implementation to maximize operational efficiency within the network," explains Harris. "Therefore, the communication barrier would be minimized and interoperability would increase throughout the forecast period."

However, considering an anticipated decrease in the DoD's spending on IT programs from 2010, defense contractors have to place themselves in strategic positions to bid for contracts. The smaller defense contractors should collaborate with the market majors to increase visibility and offer pertinent products and services. The increased demand for cyber security is also expected to impart greater stability to the market.

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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