Enterprise service bus (ESB) software, as part of a services-oriented architecture (SOA), will play a major role in fixing enterprise integration challenges, according to a recent AberdeenGroup report, "Enterprise Service Bus: The Foundation of Successful Service-Oriented Architecture Research Brief." The market driver of SOA adoption is a lack of flexibility in business process integration, coupled with high integration costs and lost time-to-market while integration work is being done, based on four Aberdeen studies conducted over the past nine months.

Recent Aberdeen research indicates re-use of applications via Web services - and especially building composite applications from existing enterprise applications - are the first applications IT puts on the bus. However, early adopters are challenged by creating a metadata repository or registry for data elements needed to govern and regulate traffic and security on the ESB.

Survey data indicate ESB buyers are taking two approaches to selecting an ESB software supplier. "One group is selecting an ESB from a SOA primary supplier such as BEA Systems, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Software AG, Tibco, or WebMethods," said Peter Kastner, vice president Enterprise Integration Research and author of the report. "Others are looking for a best-of-breed ESB with suppliers such as Fiorano, iWay Software, Iona or Cape Clear," Kastner said. "Since we are at the critical market take-off point for ESB technology moving into the mainstream, the next year will shake out the winners and losers as the ESB market makes buying decisions."

Aberdeen will follow this report with a survey-based benchmark study to better understand the current usage as well as planned investments organizations will make in enterprise service bus software. Learn where you stand relative to peers in ESB challenges, solutions and lessons learned by taking a survey: http://www.aberdeen.com/survey/esb.

 Individual responses are confidential, and each survey respondent will receive a FREE copy of the June 2006 benchmark report findings - Enterprise Service Bus Benchmark Report - on which the results from this study will be based.

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