Springboard research has put up their predictions (IT / Asiapac) for the year 2008 which is available here.
Two predictions which are going to have a significant bearing on each other are :
#2: SERVICE-ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE WILL GET MORE ATTENTION AND COMMITMENT FROM SENIOR MANAGEMENT
This is what Asian CIOs said when asked what they think will be top of mind in 2008, which is not without a reason. As companies in leading economies like China and India struggle to deal with the twin challenges of managing growth and managing information, there will be significant SOA uptake in the region. A key change in 2008 is that we anticipate greater senior management buy-in than we have seen in previous years.
Organizations that have already done enterprise integration will most likely go for the next level – reorganizing specific business processes and introducing an element of reusability in those processes. There will also be interest among enterprises that have not gone for EAI or Web services, which we believe are most likely to select one process and streamline that process by reengineering it and introducing SOA to build reusability.
In other words, we expect a far greater number of regional organizations to demonstrate the value of SOA by implementing it in business processes (for instance,streamlining the flow of information) or by implementing point applications to get started along the SOA journey.
Figure 1 highlights survey results showing the future SOA investments of organizations in Asia that have already begun investing in SOA. The data shows that very few organizations that have started investing in SOA plan to reduce investments in the years ahead. To the contrary, after their initial investments a majority of the companies surveyed are planning to increase investments.
#6: SKILL SHORTAGES WILL HIT VENDORS, IT MANAGEMENT AND THE INVESTMENT PLANS OF MANY ORGANIZATIONS
A key trend we expect in 2008 is a shortage of critical skills impeding IT investments. We have already seen this dynamic emerge in 2007 and we expect it to strengthen in 2008. It is often assumed – incorrectly – that with billions of people and strong technical skills, Asia has a limitless supply of talent. The truth is that specific IT skills in areas such as ERP, solution architecting, SOA and industry-specific applications (among others) trained professionals are in short supply.
With a lack of the requisite skills for many solution categories, organizations are holding back investments or they are being implemented with many critical flaws.Moreover, large organizations tend to win the battle for skills, which leaves many small and mid-sized firms with limited budgets in an even more difficult position.
This trend is emerging as a key battleground for vendors as well. Increasingly, a key factor for success will be a vendor’s ability to generate support and skills for itsplatforms starting at the university level and extending through capable networks of ISVs and SIs.
These trends are running counter to each other, I think the biggest hurdle to the adoption and growth of SOA is going to largely limited by availability of the people to execute on it.