"Basically, IBM has gotten the SOA gospel and is really taking it to heart in the way they build their products and deliver their services from here on forward," said Ronald Schmelzer, an analyst at ZapThink LLC, of Waltham, Mass. "Rather than announcing a single product or service, this announcement kicks off a major strategy for IBM around what they see is a combined effort from multiple product and service groups to meet the increasing demand for loosely coupled, distributed, standards-based computing that SOA represents." Meanwhile, BEA Systems Inc. last week reminded the industry that it too is in the SOA business. The San Jose, Calif., company said it is the only company fully equipped to deliver SOA solutions today. "While many talk about SOA being a future trend, BEA customers are already benefiting from SOA, thanks to BEAs technology," said a BEA spokesperson.BEAs SOA strategy is wrapped around BEA WebLogic Platform. Company officials said only BEA has a unified, standards-based infrastructure, built on a common set of componentswhich can be reused across services and applicationsthat can help customers build SOAs quickly. The company points to Accredited Home Lenders Inc., of San Diego, which uses BEAs WebLogic Enterprise Platform 8.1 and accompanying tools to implement an SOA for mortgage banking. In a recent interview with eWEEK, BEA CEO Alfred Chuang said, "BEA is the only company qualified to deliver SOA today; nobody else can say that." Check out eWEEKs Developer & Web Services Center at http://developer.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com developer and Web services news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
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