hundreds of clients attended actuate's international customer conference in boston last week. in lincoln, nebraska, the senior management team for iti fiserv reviewed new growth opportunities. in armonk we met with the ceo of msc, a leader in product simulation software. there is a common and consistent thread that all of these companies share. they see the impact that services oriented architecture (soa) is having on the market and recognize it is a growth-driver for customers and application providers. they also understand how important it is to reach the market with industry-specific solutions, whether the business is banking or automobiles.
by building applications using shared services, solutions can be delivered more quickly and at lower costs than traditional approaches. soa is driving change and innovation with open industry standards as the key enabler. ibm has announced soa specialty as part of partnerworld industry networks. in less than six months, more than 2,000 companies have already qualified. these isvs are taking advantage of increased technical support and go to market benefits. they are also contributing assets to a shared repository of services... 300 to date with ten times that expected in a year.
if soa is the real deal, it goes to market best with industry flavor. ibm is developing specific middleware frameworks for telco, banking, insurance, retail and plm to name a few. together, with our partners, we are delivering new solutions faster, helping companies improve their processes and competitiveness.
there will always be new waves of innovation. we are on the crest of a big one now and the ride should be a blast!
soa+ industry frameworks = success