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.

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