Ebsworth and Ebsworth Lawyers began its SOA roadmap in early 2006 and expects the bulk of its efforts to be completed by 2009.
The company's knowledge and innovation director, Lionel Bird, said IT organizations are well on the way to abandoning siloed systems but its simply impractical to replace current investments.
"This has led to a fundamental rethink of IT architectures. Coupled with the need to drive innovation through the use of technology, we are being forced to add value without ripping out legacy systems, this is where SOA comes in," Bird said.
The Springboard report said IBM remained the leading SOA vendor in the region, followed by other strong SOA players such as Microsoft, BEA, HP, SAP, Tibco and Oracle.
From its end-user survey, Springboard found that respondents named "proven products and solutions" as the most important reason for choosing an SOA vendor, followed by "clearly defined roadmap for deployment" and "vendor reputation".