IBM’s SOA View Not Quite HP’s

Contrary to HP’s catch-up “SOA’s-still-a-prototype routine,” IBM is saying 4,500 of its customers have modeled their businesses around SOA. IBM puts what it calls the the SOA “opportunity” at $160 billion worldwide, but did find in a survey that users complain of a skills shortage, calling it the leading inhibitor to SOA.

As a result, the gang from Armonk/White Plains has created a 3D interactive game called Innov8 played with joysticks to
tempt people into visualizing how a SOA would affect different parts of the organization. Unofficial word is that IT managers’ teenagers can help their parents see the SOA opportunity through this innov8tive approach.

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