More and more western European companies are planning to invest in service oriented architectures (SOAs) in the future, according to researchers.
IDC's recent European Vertical Markets Survey found that, on average, western European organisations want to increase SOA spending, and that 11 per cent plan to invest in SOA in the next 24 months.
This percentage is more than double that of organisations planning to invest in SOA in the next 12 months.
The growing interest in SOA is especially evident in the insurance/other finance and retail/wholesale sectors, where investments become more relevant in the 24-month timeframe.
IDC noted that the familiarity level of SOA varies notably among industries. On average, 60 per cent of companies thought they 'have a sufficient knowledge' of this technology.
However, except for the banking and insurance/other finance sectors, the percentage of organisations with a detailed level of SOA understanding was lower than 20 per cent.
"IT vendors should focus on elevating the level of understanding of SOA as, once SOA familiarity becomes widespread across an organisation, it rapidly becomes an essential part of its IT strategies," said Giacomo Laurini, senior research analyst at IDC's European Vertical Markets group.
SOA was found to have 'a strong importance' for the IT departments of organisations that are familiar with it, and around 30 per cent rank SOA as being 'extremely important'.
This percentage is higher for insurance/other finance, government and transport/communications/utilities.
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