IBM last week announced its SOA strategy, including new services and products to support customers in developing and deploying service-oriented architectures.
IBM has worked closely with its customers over the last year on solidifying the services and products that are part of the new SOA focus, said Scott Cosby, IBMs director of WebSphere Business Integration product management. "This is the first [announcement] in a multimonth effort over the next two quarters or so" related to the IBM SOA strategy, he said.Bob Sutor, IBMs director of WebSphere infrastructure software, will be keynoting at this weeks Edge 2004 conference on software development in Boston. Sutor, who will be speaking on the concept of service-oriented architecture, took time last week to explain IBMs SOA strategy to eWEEK Senior Writer Darryl K. Taft.
SOAs are collections of business processes that rely on reusable standard interfaces to integrate applications inside a company as well as externally with customers, partners and suppliers. "You have to be able to break down business processes such that they are aligned with what the business wants to do," Cosby said. "SOAs allow you to build off of these business processes and allow you to do so more quickly and easily."
The three major themes of IBMs SOA strategy are to drive down costs, find more opportunities for growth and help transform organizations into on-demand businesses, Cosby said.
IBM, through its Global Services arm, is delivering a set of services to empower customers. The first, the IBM Assessments for Service Oriented Architectures, helps customers assess functional and technical aspects of moving to an SOA. The next service, Strategy and Planning for Service Oriented Architecture, identifies the customers objectives and ends with a plan for transitioning to an SOA.