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HP Plans SOAs For Specific Markets

With service-oriented architecture strategies maturing, along with products to implement them, some vendors are beginning to target specific markets for distributed computing.

HP today said it has designed SOA frameworks geared toward financial services, network service provider, manufacturing and distribution and public sector markets. The technologies use software from HP's OpenView management suite.

As with typical SOA models, the HP frameworks are designed to help customers integrate software applications in the hope of streamlining business operations.

The frameworks also allow business users to cull data locked in legacy applications to improve communication and information sharing among customers, partners and suppliers, said Terri Schoenrock, director in HP's services consulting and integration business.

HP Open Bank and HP Open Payments are designed to boost channel application integration of banks, using Microsoft .NET and BEA WebLogic's J2EE platforms.

HP has also created two SOA frameworks that allow wireless, wireline and broadband operators to create personalized services for customers.

The HP Service Delivery Platform (SDP) offers a blueprint to help operators bring solutions to market faster by integrating network infrastructure, common platform functions, and complex service creation and delivery processes.

The HP Integrated Service Management (ISM) platform integrates operations and business support systems to help carriers and operators manage networks and services. The platform also helps customers improve mediation and billing.

HP's Manufacturing and Distribution Industries (MDI) reference architecture (MIRA) is designed to ensure that collaborative manufacturing solutions are delivered and maintained, using software from BEA, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

Finally, the e-government framework helps bring government processes up to date, allowing agencies to deliver new online services to customers while using existing legacy software.

HP competes with IBM, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and BEA Systems in what some experts said is a booming market for SOA-based services. IDC said external spending for SOA services is expected to be more than $33.8 billion worldwide by 2010.

In related SOA news, SOA Software said that its Service Oriented Legacy Architecture (SOLA) platform for CICS Web services is now shipping.

Created at Merrill Lynch and sold to SOA Software earlier this year, SOLA is now in version 5.0 and includes support for WS-Security, WS-Policy, XML-Signature and XML-Encryption.