Analysis of ROI in Industry SOA Implementation

Report Number: NPS-AM-11-168

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Service-oriented Architecture (SOA)

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Russell G. Wolff

Title: Analysis of ROI in Industry SOA Implementation

Published: 2011-08-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Graduate Student

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Keywords: Service-oriented Architecture (SOA), Open Architecture (OA), Return on Investment (ROI), and Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA)


The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in acquiring systems that promote the use of open architecture (OA). Industry has successfully implemented service-oriented architecture (SOA) in its processes and may provide a benchmark for cost savings as well as examples of best practices for the DoD. The basic research question guiding this thesis is, what are the industry cost-saving benchmarks when transitioning to SOA from a proprietary system? The research supports the argument that OA in the DoD is similar to SOA in industry. This comparison is essential for the application of this thesis because this allows the outcomes of industry SOA implementation to be translated into what the DoD can expect from its OA implementations. This research also answers the research question by analyzing 34 industry reports