IBM Plots SOA Integration Course

IBM is intent on building out its service-oriented
architecture (SOA) portfolio, unveiling the new Business Integration
Adoption Model along with new tools, workshops and services.


SOAs represent the next popular model of computing, using Web
services and other reusable assets to help
organizations integrate applications and trigger communication between
computers and gear from multiple vendors.


IBM has been beating
this drum for more than a year now, with a steady stream of product services and
plans for helping customers set up and maintain an SOA. The company has been
proposing its global services group as the best way to install an SOA, SOMA
architecture earlier this year.


To wit, the Business Integration Adoption Model is geared to help customers
quickly install an SPA “roadmap” for increasing business value over time.
The systems vendor claimed in a statement companies will be able to build
greater flexibility across the enterprise by “tying business processes to
applications.”


To pad its portfolio, IBM is offering online and classroom education
courses, as well as a series of one-on-one WebSphere Integration
Architecture workshops to be delivered at the client location.


For customers who’d like a more complete plan, Big Blue is proposing the SOA
Integration Framework. This model employs the Armonk, N.Y., company’s
WebSphere application server software, Rational development software and
Tivoli management middleware to facilitate SOA services delivery.


IBM isn’t the only major vendor talking about SOA services of late. Earlier
this week, Sun Microsystems introduced its SOA Path services plan to educate customers on the value of using the
popular architecture.


Earlier this year, BEA Systems introduced and SOA readiness test to help customers gauge where they are and what
they need to create the distributed computing model.

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