BEA Extends SOA Leadership Role by Offering New Services Designed to Help Enterprises Bring Their SOA From Pilot to Production
With SOA Adoption Rates Surging, BEA Unveils Services Offerings for Architecture, Integration and SOA Governance
SAN JOSE, Calif.—March 16, 2006—BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS), a world leader in enterprise infrastructure software, announced several new consulting services designed to help companies accelerate enterprise-wide service-oriented architecture (SOA).
The new services are BEA’s response to new research that shows that the top challenges faced by enterprises when deploying or considering deploying SOA are governance issues, architectural services and the need for service infrastructure and integration. The new services include the BEA SOA Organization and Governance Planning Service; the BEA SOA Integration Service; the BEA SOA Reference Architecture Planning Service and the BEA Client Architect and Center of Excellence Programs.
“As SOA adoption shifts from pilot projects to enterprise-wide deployments, customers face a new set of challenges,” said Bruce Graham, vice president of BEA worldwide consulting. “BEA‘s real-world SOA experience with Fortune 500 companies highlights clear patterns of adoption that we have now packaged into offerings designed to address what customers tell us are their top SOA challenges today. Time and again, the main concerns we hear are governance, architecture and the pain of integration. Our response to these issues, via our new services, is testimony to our SOA leadership.”
A recent SOA survey by International Data Group revealed that more than half of all enterprises say organization and governance is the top inhibitor they face in implementing an SOA.
In addition, 95 percent of respondents understand service infrastructure and are prioritizing new technology spend to address major technology pains. High on their list is integration with existing applications, which was cited by 67 percent of enterprises as a main challenge.
Furthermore, the number of enterprise-wide SOA deployments has doubled, compared to 2005. With the rapid rise in adoption, 83 percent of enterprises have established an Enterprise Architecture Group in order to address their architectural services issues. However, the survey also revealed that IT architectural and SOA expertise is in short supply at most organizations. Thus, they are looking externally to SOA experts, such as BEA, for leadership.
BEA is responding to these SOA needs with the following offerings.
* The BEA SOA Organization & Governance Planning Service. This service, typically 6-8 weeks long, is designed to helps companies plan for the people aspects of SOA team transformation and the management of the services lifecycles by establishing a roadmap for processes and policies.
Service Infrastructure and Integration:
* The BEA SOA Integration Service. This service is designed to be an ideal first SOA project. Typically 6-8 weeks long, this service is designed to help companies establish prototype access services for backend connectivity to unlock legacy assets and alleviate point-to-point integration pain while enabling a high level of early re-use.
* The BEA SOA Reference Architecture Planning Service. This approximately eight-week service defines an SOA architecture and services infrastructure blueprint for the enterprise, provides a mapping of the BEA product suite to the new architecture and outlines a timeline for implementation.
* The BEA Client Architect and Center of Excellence Programs. These programs can provide companies with a small dedicated team of experienced architects for approximately six months to guide the planning and practical execution of the enterprise-wide SOA roadmap.
The new services announced today complement the following existing BEA SOA Services: SOA Discovery Workshop, SOA Assessment, Transformation Planning Service, Training Needs Analysis Service, BEA SOA Concepts and Design Principles and SOA Enterprise Architect Certification.
SOA is an architectural approach utilized by IT that organizes the discrete functions contained in enterprise applications into standards-based services that may be combined, configured and reused on the fly to meet the ever-changing dynamics of business. This modular approach to IT can contribute to a company’s flexibility, agility and organizational speed.
BEA’s new service offerings will be available at the end of April 2006. For more information, please visit the BEA Resource Center at: http://www.bea.com/soa.
In addition, please find additional information on the IDG SOA Survey at: http://www.bea.com/press
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