CA, a $5B IT software company, wanted to quantify the current interest, intent, and the adoption patterns and timeframe for SOA-based applications. Organizations seeking agility, market responsiveness and a reduced timeframe for development perceive great benefits from SOA/Web services. While companies are anxious to implement them, there are major security issues that can result without adequate, enterprise-level planning.


GMG Insights developed a worldwide quantitative study and conducted it via an online research panel. This study focused on senior IT executives with personal responsibility or direct oversight for SOA application development or related IT security.


Our study uncovered wide implementation of SOA/Web services-based applications in mid market and enterprise-level organizations across the globe. The vast majority of organizations with these implementations is still at risk, and most recognize it. Since 57% of organizations admit slowing or deferring SOA/Web services implementations due to security concerns, it seems the potential advancements in market responsiveness and agility are also stalled. Just 25% of organizations are considered “mature” with respect to IT security measures for SOA/Web services implementations. However, the majority are a long way from implementing effective, enterprise wide security solutions. GMG wrote a research report detailing the results of this study. CA used the report to promote the findings and raise awareness among CA customers and prospects about the security issues raised by SOA/Web services implementations.