Category Archives: Service Oriented Architecture

Change your IT Value Proposition: Build the Plan, Work the Plan

Looking to reshape your IT value proposition, and feel legacy application platform, service infrastructure, or integration infrastructure is holding you back? Let’s talk about how the WSO2 advantage can transform your projects’ experience.    What our your goals, challenges, and constraints?

When building a plan for 2014, consider:

  • Re-shape Enterprise Architecture
  • Re-invent the Integration Platform

 

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Connected Business Attributes

Connected Business Transformation

Connected businesses grow revenue and outperform peers by increasing customer engagement, enhancing productivity, and seizing market opportunity.    A connected business seamlessly integrates people, process, and data across an extended value chain, decreases interaction cost, and automatically adapts business activity in response to market events.

The connected business environment is:

  • Integrated: accelerates interactions inside and outside the organization
  • Accessible: reduces interaction friction and cost
  • Collaborative: increases engagement and enhances productivity
  • Adaptive: senses business activity and automatically adapts

Connected Business Attributes

Figure 1: Connected Business Environment Attributes

How do you build an accessible, integrated, collaborative, and adaptive business environment?

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Application Services Governance requires more than a SOA Registry

All SOA infrastructure products should participate in managing, storing, deciding, or enforcing policy.  More than a SOA Governance registry is required.  Application Services Governance Platforms provides advanced policy management capabilities across design-time, run-time, security, and lifecycle management focus areas.

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Policy Management for APIs, Services, and Apps

Policy management is a governance cornerstone, and governance can serve as a foundation underlying an responsive IT organization and business agility.

Governance relies on policy, people, process and technology to guide business activity and deliver consistently positive outcomes. Effective governance channels business activity towards the ‘right path’ by making the right actions the path of least resistance.  Policy management is used to specify the correct behavior, detail exception thresholds, and define corrective actions or notifications.  Leading application services governance platforms deliver advanced policy management by conforming to a flexible architecture, covering significant policy categories, and spanning all lifecycle phases.

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Open Source SOA or Open Source ESB

Many teams are actively refreshing their integration platform and evaluating open source ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) capabilities and benefits.  Fewer are evaluating their SOA strategy and establishing open source SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) platform infrastructure, metrics, and measurements required to guide teams towards agility and responsiveness.

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Sonic, Savvion, and Actional sold

Progress Software recently unloaded Sonic, Savvion, and Actional to a niche enterprise software development company, Trilogy Software.     Recognizing the poor brand fit between enterprise software development and enterprise application middleware,  Trilogy will form a new entity, Aurea Software, to re-introduce the acquired portfolio into the market.

According to the press release, Scott Brighton, Aurea’s new CEO, will focus the company on a goal

“to take these market leading, enterprise-class products and place a renewed focus on creating the next generation iBPMS – with a specific emphasis on enabling critical, high-value business processes in key vertical markets.”

According to Jim Snur at Gartner, an iBPMS:

“allows organizations to have more intelligent processes that can be aimed at better operations minimally and innovative processes easily. The iBPMS does this by enhancing a businesses situational awareness by seeking patterns of interest, enabling quicker / more effective decisions through poly-analytics and rapid adaptation for appropriate actions through flexible processes”

Source: Gartner Blog Network

 

An iBPMS focus is significantly different from the legacy standalone product lines focus on

  • Develop high-quality, service-based applications
  • Minimize downtime
  • Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and enterprise messaging
  • Rapidly and flexibly integrate services and applications across the enterprise

We will see if Progress’ decision to divest their on-premise integration portfolio was “the right thing for our customers and our partners that rely on them.” as stated by Progress VP Colleen Smith.  How Aurea’s corporate focus will serve current customers using Sonic ESB or Sonic MQ as the cornerstone for their integration platform or SOA strategy remains to be seen.  Whether development teams will embrace multiple best-of-breed vendors for iBPMS, aPaaS, iPaaS functionality also remains an open question.

As mentioned in the April Forrester and Gartner notes, the time is now to:

  • Develop an exit strategy and limit new investments in Sonic and Actional products
  • Implement exit strategies and reduce integration project investment on Sonic and Actional products

WSO2 stands ready to assist you in migrate away from legacy products and embrace open source innovation.   WSO2 is the only open source company that has been industry recognized for delivering enterprise-ready middleware platforms spanning integration, service oriented architecture, application, and business process platform.  Enterprise development teams use WSO2 enterprise middleware platforms to build traditional on-premise solutions or incorporate Cloud service characteristics (i.e. on-demand self-service, elastic scalability, resource pooling, consumption based pricing) and Cloud service capabilities (i.e. DevOps tooling, automated governance, service level management, metering and billing).

 

 

 

ESB use cases driving a successful ESB PoC

An Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) may serve as the cornerstone of your Service Oriented Architecture infrastructure, or you may feel an ESB is unnecessary and cumbersome. Many integration projects contain simple requirements and use cases that warrant including an ESB, integration framework, or alternative platform components in the integration solution. Selecting the appropriate solution mix requires integration reference architecture guidelines that include a comprehensive decision matrix. Team members strive to avoid complexity and inefficiency by specifying an optimal platform component mix, defining ‘the right tool for the job’, and developing scalable, agile integration solutions.

Do you have clear architecture, solution, and ESB PoC guidelines describing how your organization can wisely select integration infrastructure components and products?  Successful enterprise architects and solution architects create an integration reference architecture decision framework, ESB use cases, and product selection guidelines containing:

  • ESB use cases driving integration platform component and integration framework selection.
  • Common Request for Proposal (RFP) categories and line items.
  • Tools describing when to include an ESB, integration framework, or alternative integration platform components (i.e. Data Services Server, API Manager, Governance Registry).
Join me for a WSO2 webinar describing ESB use cases, an ESB reference architecture framework, ESB adoption patterns, and ESB PoC success stories.