Testing and Metrics Key to Business Value of Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs)

Research Finds 64% of Best-in-Class Companies Proactively Manage the Performance of Deployed Services

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| Source: Aberdeen Group

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - According to a new study from Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS) comprehensive, consistent and proactive performance measurement and testing best maximize the business value of service-oriented architecture (SOA) investments.

"Those companies that proactively and consistently test and measure performance of their SOAs -- that build performance concerns into their SOA strategies -- enjoy higher business performance from their SOAs, even as services multiply," said Michael Dortch, senior analyst, Aberdeen. "Among Best-in-Class companies identified by Aberdeen Group research, 100% reported improved performance of their SOAs and compliance with internal and external service level agreements (SLAs) during the past 12 months. Those Best-in-Class companies are also twice as likely as others to use SOA performance and analysis software and to manage deployed service performance proactively."

The new Aberdeen study found that 64% of Best-in-Class companies proactively manage the performance of deployed services. Further, 56% of Best-in-Class companies saw fewer than 25% of applications and services experience problems requiring support escalation. These and other findings underscore the direct connections linking effective testing and measurement strategies with SOA performance and ROI.

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Contact Information: Media Contact: Michael Dortch, Aberdeen Harte-Hanks (707) 576-7565 michael.dortch@aberdeen.com