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Users Cite SOA Savings

Verizon and Guardian Life Insurance have racked up savings of $20 million and $10 million respectively by deploying Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) within their IT infrastructures. But execs from the two companies this week warned other IT managers to take a "softly, softly" approach to the technology.

Speaking at the IDC SOA Forum in New York City, Ruchir Rodrigues, executive director for strategic systems and development at Verizon, and Jaime Sguerra, CTO of Guardian Life, explained how their firms are reaping the benefits of SOAs, which comprise software platforms that run application services across different computing environments.

Earlier in the week, the forum drew much criticism of the hype that has surrounded SOAs. (See Users Send SOA SOS.)

But Rodrigues says Verizon has saved around $20 million over the last two years, largely by using an SOA to streamline the rollout of new services. There’s tons of money that we can save on the low hanging fruit by bringing the number of duplicated services down,” he told the forum audience.

The telecom giant, which started off with around 10,000 separate service platforms, has managed to consolidate its service offerings considerably. Over 500 Web-based services use a single SOA platform.

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