There's been no shortage of debate on whether service-oriented architecture (SOA) was some sort of passing fad, or a real approach to modernizing and increasing the agility of enterprise systems. The debate intensified as the economy soured in 2008-2009, with many analysts and pundits predicting the death of SOA as companies put restraints on IT budgets.

New research out of Forrester reveals that just the opposite occurred—SOA continued to grow in spite of tough times, or even because of tough times. In fact, Forrester's survey of 2,100 companies finds that once SOA is in place, companies have kept expanding on their efforts. Barely a handful of companies (1% to 3%) said they have scaled back their SOA-based infrastructures in any meaningful way.

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