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.

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