This is a December 7, 2006 Reserach Note from Dan Everett of Ventana Research.

Summary In the first-ever research on service-oriented architecture (SOA) for business intelligence (BI), only one-third (33 percent) of respondents reported they believe their internal IT personnel have the knowledge and skills to implement BI services. The research revealed that companies are concerned about visibility and management of services, security, meeting service level agreements and reuse of services. The actions IT organizations believe they need to take to adopt BI services are to acquire general knowledge about SOA, determine the SOA capabilities of BI vendors' products and identify IT resources required to migrate to and support an SOA environment. Ventana Research believes that understanding what a complete infrastructure for SOA is and how to properly evaluate technical solutions for BI services is vital if projects are to succeed.   View Ventana Research recently completed a primary research study of SOA for BI, sponsored by Cognos and Composite Software and media sponsors BI Review, BusinessIntelligence.com, DM Review, Intelligent Enterprise, SoftwareMag.com and Technology Evaluation Centers. Asked what actions their companies will need to take to adopt SOA for BI, respondents cited acquiring general knowledge about SOA (53 percent) as the action they most needed to take; this option ranked first even among organizations that plan to implement an SOA infrastructure within the next 12 months. Following close behind were two related issues, determining BI vendors' SOA capabilities (49 percent) and identifying IT resources required to migrate to and support an SOA environment (48 percent). Ventana Research recommends IT organizations educate themselves about basic concepts of SOA such as a service model, contract and registry, as well as the larger architectural issues of how to create, compose, control and consume BI services on .Net, J2EE and Web services technologies.

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