SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

July 12, 2007 13:00 ET

SOA Helps Enterprises Give New Life to Legacy Applications

Exposing Legacy Packages and Data Through New Services-Based Interface Provides Needed Flexibility

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2007) - IT organizations are turning to SOA and web services to preserve their substantial investments in mainframe applications, according to a new benchmark report from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS).

The report, "Modernizing Legacy Applications: Maximizing the Investment," is based on a survey of more than 300 organizations worldwide. Over 90% of companies who participated in the study said that modernization of legacy applications is a long-term, strategic initiative.

"IT is under intense pressure from business units to deliver applications that provide new ways to look at old processes and data," said Perry Donham, Aberdeen's director for enterprise integration research, and the report's author. "We found that the companies that are keeping up with these demands while lowering their overall costs for maintaining legacy applications are leaving the applications in place and building services-based interfaces on top of the underlying packages and data."

The survey found that:

--  Companies that are deploying services layers on the mainframe in order
    to expose legacy packages see a 60% decrease in the cost of legacy
    application maintenance versus an average 30% decrease from other
    approaches; and
--  Agility, not cost, is the driving factor by a factor of two to one for
    best-in-class organizations that are working on legacy modernization
"Modernizing Legacy Applications: Maximizing the Investment" is made available at no charge thanks in part to the following report underwriters: IBM, Infinite Software, Micro Focus, and Relativity Technologies.

To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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