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IBM Builds on SOA Leadership With New Software and Services

October 8, 2008

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today enhanced its position as the worldwide leader in the service oriented architecture (SOA) market with new products and services that help clients respond to rapid changes in the marketplace to gain a competitive advantage.

With this announcement, IBM is focusing on the areas that clients and business leaders worldwide have identified as the most critical to their success: gaining effective insight into their markets; tuning their business processes to take advantage of these insights; enhancing their infrastructures to execute these new business processes; and making sure they get the most out of their talent and expertise.

“Today’s announcement builds on the experience gained from more than 7,000 SOA client engagements worldwide,” said Robert LeBlanc, general manager, IBM software sales. “Combined with this experience, our new products and services will help us to increase the value we bring to clients and continue the SOA momentum we have in both established and emerging markets worldwide.”

Drawing on an extensive industry background, IBM Global Business Services has compiled SmartBusiness INsight, a series of industry-specific studies that can be used to help clients identify and prioritize strategic initiatives within their organizations, helping them set goals and objectives for those initiatives. These studies use industry subject matter experts to analyze macro-level trends and future industry challenges to provide guidance on how SOA is driving new strategies, business models and operational objectives.

Complementing the SmartBusiness INsight studies is a series of new Key Agility Indicators that help clients monitor how rapidly they can react to change in targeted areas and compare these results to their competitors in the marketplace. These indicators can be imported into IBM WebSphere Business Modeler software and take advantage of the IBM business process management portfolio to help businesses to set their objectives and begin to outline more responsive processes.

Clients can begin to execute on these business-driven initiatives with a growing portfolio of industry-specific solutions that draw upon IBM’s extensive services, software and hardware capabilities. Based on open standards, these solutions build upon IBM’s industry framework strategy and provide a roadmap of pre-tested applications, developed by both IBM and its business partners, which have been configured to meet specific industry needs. As part of today’s announcement, IBM is introducing new industry frameworks for product development integration, chemicals & petroleum and defense & public safety. Clients, such as the State of Missouri, have already begun to benefit from these new frameworks.

“IBM successfully implemented the Missouri Emergency Response Information System (MERIS) with this pre-integrated solution and framework approach,” David Finch, Special Asst. to the Director for Homeland Security, State of Missouri. “We received a state-of-the-art emergency management system on time, and for less cost.”

As businesses move from planning to action they can take advantage of the new SmartSOA Sandbox from IBM. A sandbox provides a testing arena that allows clients to validate applications before bringing them into their production environments. The IBM sandbox provides a mix of full-version software trials and hosted environments where business leaders and their employees can gain hands-on SOA experience and education. The SOA Sandbox allows clients to experience IBM middleware without having to install it locally.

Clients can further hone their skills and interact with a global community by using the IBM Smart SOA Social Network. Users can enhance and augment their skills through IBM’s SOA training, certifications and through the support of the industry’s strongest SOA business partner community. This training has been updated to include more role-based and inter-disciplinary features.

To help clients further simplify their SOA deployments and integrate existing Web services and legacy applications IBM is adding to its existing QuickStart portfolio of WebSphere Application Server and Portal offerings with the announcement of the new QuickStart for WebSphere DataPower. These fixed-scope services let clients address multiple core infrastructure issues through an integrated offering, in this case linking WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances with services from IBM Global Technology Services (GTS). By using a proven services methodology, delivery assets and mentoring, IBM can help clients quickly take advantage of an SOA to address business challenges identified through their key agility indicators.

IBM is announcing several new versions of key components within the SOA portfolio, including WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere MQ, as well as the availability of WebSphere MQ File Transfer Edition. This expansion of MQ will introduce file transfer services that use an MQ backbone to enable clients to simplify the transfer and auditing of files and documents. This is crucial for financial organizations that must comply with government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley that require the accurate tracking and filing of data.

Once SOA is deployed, security and governance are often identified as additional points of concern by many clients. To meet these concerns, IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) is announcing new Identity Assessment and Strategy Services that use proven IBM methodologies and tools to help organizations quickly and effectively generate a comprehensive strategy and roadmap based on their unique business challenges and needs. With a comprehensive strategy in place, enterprises can more easily implement a centralized role-based identity and access management program resulting in enhanced regulatory compliance capabilities, greater security, streamlined access for authorized users, and reduced overall costs and IT complexity. IBM is also announcing a new set of software that helps enhance a client’s control of their SOA environment and deployments. These products span the entire IBM software portfolio and include:

Establishing a culture of collaborative innovation through a range of unified, security-rich communications; real-time content services such as blogs, wikis and profiles, and enterprise portals supporting Web 2.0 features such as mashups. A new edition of the IBM Mashup Center which allows rapid assembly of situational applications by end user knowledge workers. Telelogic System Architect which facilitates strategy, analysis and planning of the IT portfolio to ensure alignment of investments with business priorities. Tivoli Security Policy Manager that provides a unified SOA security policy for management and enforcement. New InfoSphere Foundational Tools that help discover where key data is stored across source systems and analyze how best to pull it together into new processes and services.

IBM is the worldwide SOA leader with a 64 percent share of the market according to IT analyst Wintergreen. Building upon this leadership IBM today announced that it now has more than 7,020 client engagements, 7,420 SOA business partners, 300 SOA-specific technology patents, a community of greater than 120,000 architects and developers, and over 2,000 universities advancing the SOA curriculum.

For more information on how IBM is helping clients make smarter, faster decisions by using SOA, visit: http://www.ibm.com/soa

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 Contact: Chris Rubsamen IBM Media Relations (914) 766-1803 rubsamen@us.ibm.com

SOURCE: IBM




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