Public Sector Tops SOA Adoption in APAC: Study

by CXOtoday Staff    Jul 31, 2008

The public sector in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) has emerged at the top of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) adoption, driven by the need for integration spanning government departments, said a Springboard Research report.

Public sector IT spending in APAC will account for 23 % on an average of total IT spending as measured from 2005 to 2010 - according to a Springboard press release.

Titled “SOA in APAC’s Public Sector:” the report said that 55 % of SOA-implementer respondents from the public sector are planning deeper engagements by increasing their existing investments over the next two years.

The SOA investment growth is the result of high satisfaction with SOA deployments. The need for application and data integration are 2 reasons for adopting SOA among public sector entities, the report said.

About 61 CIOs and IT managers from the public sector based in Australia, China, India, and Singapore were interviewed for the survey.

“The governments in Asia are viewing SOA as a critical component of their e-governance strategies. A variety of challenges such as siloed back-end systems, information proliferation and popular demand for efficient online services have combined to drive SOA-related investments in the public sector,” said Balaka Baruah Aggarwal, senior manager (emerging software) of Springboard Research.

According to the research firm - Australia, Singapore and India have strong SOA momentum and the SOA moves are mainly driven by a single government agency that leads adoption in each country. These implementations typically take a centralized, integrated approach as compared to other verticals, where disparate and stand-alone SOA implementations within a single organization are often the norm, the release said.

“As government networks are comprised of multiple agencies and departments, there is a strong need for a single leader to launch a coordinated SOA approach, and this effort should include identifying the architecture and best practices necessary for users to reap SOA’s benefits,” Aggarwal said.

Further the report said public sector respondents in Asia have a stronger recognition of local system integrators (SIs) and ISVs than their counterparts in other key industry segments. Some of the local SOA vendors with strong mindshare according to interviews include TCS, NCS, Ufida, Wipro, and Huawei.

Among the global vendors, IBM leads in mindshare as a SOA products and services provider for the public sector, although this lead is weak for other industry verticals. Oracle had the second highest number of mentions among respondents showed higher mindshare in the public sector against other sectors, while Microsoft and HP tied for the third highest number of mentions, the report said.

“Proven products and services” topped the reason for vendor selection among 29 % public sector respondents, and 17 % responded for “vendor reputation and clearly defined roadmap,” the report said.

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