ROI, step by step

Summary:Since SOA, and Web services for that matter, is still a new approach to businesses, there are few reference cases, and therefore, the ROI case still a lot of fuzzy math.   This new piece in TechTarget discusses what we do know about Web services/ROI so far, and what to expect at which stage of the process.

Since SOA, and Web services for that matter, is still a new approach to businesses, there are few reference cases, and therefore, the ROI case still a lot of fuzzy math.   This new piece in TechTarget discusses what we do know about Web services/ROI so far, and what to expect at which stage of the process.

  • Immediate ROI: A fairly quick return on the costs of integration, especially for large organizations with complex distributed environments, and a need for better integration will see benefits from simpler.  Easy to measure -- calculate the money spent on consulting fees for tying two applications together.
  • ROI a little bit later in the process: A savings in development time and planning because of the reusability of services across the enterprise.  A little more difficult to measure, but the savings will be evident in that much more can be done without having to hire new developers, or bring in extra consultants.
  • Long-term ROI:  Greater agility for the business, since processes can be quickly broken down and rebuilt as business needs change.  However, this is difficult if not impossible to measure.

 

Topics: Cloud

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Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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