Armonk, New York - IBM has released more details about its SOA roadmap for the insurance industry. At a conference in May, the company said it would provide roadmaps for eight different industries, including insurance. The roadmaps are based on long-term industry outlooks and new IBM Business Blueprints that enable organizations to better align business and IT. The insurance roadmap provides real-time access to policy, claims and related data through multiple modes of communication with IBM's insurance for agent collaboration framework, the company says. IBM also announced the results of a survey of clients that concludes the strategic decisions about (SOA) adoption are shifting away from the realm of IT staffers to business executives. The survey was conducted for IBM by the Link Group and consisted of a sampling of clients at the IBM Impact 2007 event, which drew more than 4,200 technical and business leaders  The survey revealed that 67% of the respondents said the key decision makers responsible for moving to an SOA strategy are business leaders including C-level executives and business managers. Additionally, 65% of clients said that business leaders are also primarily responsible for selecting an IT partner to help achieve business goals in an SOA. At the same time, the survey also found that there is an increasing need for training staff so they possess the unique combination of both business and IT skills required for a business to realize the potential of SOA. Source: MarketWire 

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