IBM announced that a growing number of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are developing successful service oriented architecture (SOA) strategies through the critical first step of using industry standard Web services, underscoring a recent research report on the rapid adoption of SOA by SMBs.

According to a recent independent study by Evans Data Corp., SMBs are bullish on the concept of SOA and adoption is expected to double over the next two years. Nearly 25 percent of businesses that participated in the survey reported that they already have an SOA in place. The study also found that by 2009, more than half of the SMBs are projected to have functioning SOAs.

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