Sandy Carter: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) -- Off the Record
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1. What are you announcing today? A. IBM is acquiring Webify Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific SOA software and services. Webify is a privately-held company, formed in 2002. The company is headquartered in Austin, TX, with a development lab in Mumbai, India. Webify has approximately 120 employees.
2. When did IBM close this deal?A. This deal closed on August 1, 2006.
3. What was the purchase price?A. We are not disclosing the purchase price.
4. Why did IBM acquire Webify? A. IBM has acquired Webify for its market leading industry-focused SOA software and services. Webify can accelerate the delivery of SOA composite business applications based on pre-built, customizable SOA assets, semantic models and policies. IBM Software Group and IBM Global Services will use Webify’s capabilities to enable clients to more quickly and flexibly create SOA applications that can be composed primarily from existing assets. Webify complements and extends IBM’s SOA software portfolio, including WebSphere Integration Developer, WebSphere Process Server, and the WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. Webify has received significant industry recognition, most recently receiving two prestigious awards from ACORD, the Global Standards Association for the Insurance Industry.
5. What are the customer requirements that drove this acquisition?A. Clients want the ability to reuse existing assets in flexible SOA applications that can be built and changed quickly. Clients also require SOA applications that are focused on their specific industries. SOA is about reuse, and Webify takes reuse to the next level by putting it in an industry-specific context. Applications built using SOA principles and Webify technology can be assembled, deployed and changed with significantly less time and resources than traditional applications. Customers have asked us to provide the linkage from SOA to their specific industries, and the acquisition of Webify is the continuation of a significant commitment by IBM in that direction.
6. How does this acquisition allow IBM Software and Services to jointly serve clients?A. This is a unique acquisition for IBM – not just software, not just services, but both. Webify allows IBM to serve clients better by pooling the SOA-related efforts of several groups - Software Group, Global Business Services, Global Technology Services, and the Global Business Solution Center.
IBM Software Group will gain the Webify middleware technology, which extends IBM’s existing SOA Foundation and complements IBM’s SOA Lifecycle and Industry Solutions. IBM Global Services will gain Webify’s existing portfolio of SOA composite business services, as well as its methodology for creating new composite business services. Within IGS, Global Business Services (GBS) intends to provide service engagements based on existing Webify industry content and newly developed industry content. IBM’s recently announced Global Business Solution Center (GBSC) intends to create new composite business services. Global Technology Services (GTS) plans to host and provision existing and newly developed composite business services.
7. What industries are currently covered by Webify?A. Most of Webify’s current customers are in the Insurance and Healthcare industries. Development is currently underway for SOA composite business services in Banking, Telecom, and Public Sector. IBM plans to extend this development across a wide variety of industries. The Global Business Solution Center in India will have the lead role in the development of new SOA composite business services.
8. What is the Global Business Solution Center?A. The Global Business Solution Center in India, which was announced in March 2006, has the primary role within IBM for developing new SOA solution assets, such as the composite business services that are enabled by Webify middleware.
9. What do Webify products do?A. Webify provides middleware tools and runtimes for assembling and deploying industry-specific SOA composite applications. The software includes a wide variety of industry-specific content, including the ability to perform semantic mediation. This semantic mediation capability can significantly speed up the process of providing solutions for industry standards such as ACORD, HIPAA, SWIFT, IAA, HL7, XBRL, FIXML and eTOM, to name just a few. Webify’s industry content also includes business process models, product catalogs (insurance industry products, for example), industry message sets, pre-built Web services assertions, interfaces to third party industry services, and pre-built interoperability with the IBM adaptor portfolio.
10. Why did IBM buy Webify instead of one of its competitors?A. Webify is recognized as having the industry-leading SOA software and services focused on vertical markets.
11. How does the Webify technology extend the IBM SOA development and runtime capabilities? A. Webify extends and complements IBM’s existing SOA Foundation by adding an industry-specific layer that supports semantic mediation. The semantic and industry standards supported by Webify are those that are important to our clients in those industries. Current industry support is for Insurance and Healthcare, with Banking, Telecom and Public Sector in development. Support will be broadened to cover numerous additional industries. Current semantic and industry standards that are supported include ACORD, HIPAA, SWIFT, WS-I, IAA, HL7, XBRL, FIXML and eTOM.
Semantic mediation increases the industry awareness and focus of SOA composite applications. Webify allows for the concept of business context to be dynamically applied to SOA services. This creates a new pattern of business-aware SOA services that focus on line of business execution, rather than technology limitations. This technology can allow development teams to more accurately and efficiently deliver SOA development in alignment with a line of business vision. The Webify runtime extends IBM’s middleware with semantic awareness and the dynamic binding of services, which can allow for a more efficient use of services and a reduction in the quantity of services required.
12. What are IBM’s plans for the products acquired with Webify? A. IBM plans to invest in, support, market and sell the Webify middleware portfolio under the WebSphere brand name. The Webify products continue to be sold as-is and without disruption today. In the coming weeks, IBM will announce the rebranded, renamed, and repackaged versions of the Webify products. IBM is also acquiring from Webify a set of SOA composite business services for specific business areas, such as Claims Lifecycle in the Insurance industry. These composite business services will be used by IBM Global Services to help speed the delivery of mission-critical industry applications to clients.
13. Does IBM intend to further develop the Webify products? What is the roadmap plan for these products? A. Yes. IBM recognizes that industry-focused applications are key to the future of SOA. IBM will further develop and integrate these products, based on the needs of the market.
14. How does IBM intend to price these products? A. Initial pricing will be based on the existing Webify pricing model. Further pricing decisions will be announced as the platform is rebranded. More information and announcements on the topic is expected to be available in late 2006 and 2007.
15. How will the Webify portfolio be branded? A. The Webify middleware will be branded as IBM WebSphere. IBM Global Business Services will use an additional set of assets, Webify’s SOA composite business services, as part of their engagements and the assets that they provide to their clients. Additional information will be made available in the coming weeks. IBM Global Technology Services will provide hosting and provisioning for Webify composite business services.
16. What challenges do you see in integrating Webify with IBM?A. We see no significant problems or challenges with this integration. Webify has been built on and optimized for IBM technology.
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I am in Warsaw Poland! What a great place I had the chance to visit a little of the city. The Old Town is on the World Hertitage Site listing. During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw's historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. It was rebuilt in 5 years using pictures to recreate the same feel and design. Pretty amazing!!!! Check it out here.....
But I am not here to tour but to learn about the business. Here is what I learned!
1) Poland growth is amazing and is growing faster that I expected! According to E&Y 2008, Poland is the most attractive location for investments in Europe!
2) The people are extremely talented -- and skilled! I was super impressed -- especially with the IBM and the IBM Business Partners!
3) SOA is becoming hot here --- it is now moving from education stage to let's get started!
Overall, the Poland team was amazing and the market is tremendous!
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I am sitting here after IMPACT 2008 reading all the great comments from customers, partners, and others.
Yes, I am a little sad that it is over. And yes, I am planning IMPACT 2009 for May next year in May already!
A HUGE thank you to the 272 customers and partner speakers who have branded IMPACT as
THE customer event of the year. It is the power of your stories that is truly making a difference.
Feel the energy again if you dare...and yes that is Jim Haney
from Harley riding in on a Harley to open the entire show!
Sweet dreams for 2009!
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Just last week, we announced the results of a survey of clients that concludes the strategic decisions to adopt a SOA are shifting away from the realm of IT staffers to business executives. The survey was conducted by the Link Group and consisted of a sampling of clients at our IBM IMPACT event held in Orlando.
The survey validates a fundamental commitment to SOA as the future of process and application design - with both significant increases in budgets and the number of SOA projects aimed at new business challenges.
The survey also found that there is an increasing need for training staff so they possess the unique combination of both business and IT skills required for a business to realize the potential of SOA.
The survey also revealed that 67% of the respondents said the key decision makers responsible for moving to an SOA strategy are business leaders including C-level executives and business managers. And 65% of clients said that business leaders are also primarily responsible for selecting an IT partner to help achieve business goals in an SOA.
I am seeing this around the world -- not quite in 90 days -- but seeing this in spades in multiple countries!
I just arrived home from Beijing China. For IMPACT 2007 in China, we had 1340 attendees! I'll share more on all the events around the world!
But in the meantime, what do you think about these survey results? Do you see this happening in your company?[Read More]
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Well, this weekend we had a kids day out and I brought "Smarties" to the gig. Of course, the children all love them (I do too -- especially the "extreme sour" and "tropical" flavors.) My daugther Cassie asked me a great question. She said "Mommy if I eat lots of these, I will get extra smart, right?" of course hoping that by saying that, she would get to eat the whole bag!
I too wish there was a smart pill. Well, of course for me a Smart SOA pill!
And this is what we tried to do with our Oct 3 2007 announcement. Leverage the "Smarts" of our over 5700 customers using our SOA offerings to help others customers with a smarter approach to SOA. This Smarter SOA approach has a couple of central pillars of Smart SOA are:* There is a continuum of styles from basic to advanced for pursuing SOA projects. * All styles require simplicity and robustness regardless of how simple or advanced they are * Recognition that today’s choices have consequences for tomorrow. As business needs evolve, the systems deployed for today’s needs will have to stand up to tomorrow’s demands.
The SOA Continuum has 4 styles in it: 1. Foundational for the small, department based approach, 2. Extend End to End for those customers who are ready to take their integration further internally and externally, 3. Transform - for those customers transforming their businesses at an enterprise level and 4. Adapt dynamically - allowing the predictive nature of IT to meet business needs.
Read more about it in our brochure.....Click to download the launch brochure.Our announcements of new and enhanced products and offerings are many!
So here I'll highlight just a few!For the foundational area..the SOA Sandbox!
Play with the SOA Sandbox
It is a low risk, practical, hands-on way to get started with SOA! And get this. It is a free place for developers and architects to go for full version software trials or ‘Try online’ hosted environments. In addition to the free code, it has Quick start guide; Solution cookbooks; Demos; Decision guides; Architectural guidance; Technical whitepapers; Sample SOA applicationNote: the following products are made available for trial in the Sandbox: – Tools– Rational Software Architect – WebSphere Integration Developer – Rational Tester for SOA Quality– Runtimes (Note: the runtimes are included via the embedded unit test environment)– WebSphere Application Server – WebSphere ESB – WebSphere Process Server – WebSphere Portal – WebSphere Adapters
There are more foundational announcements....including the extension of Web 2.0 with SOA...I'll blog on that tomorrow!!!
For the more advanced function, we are talking about Process Integrity! After completing their initial SOA projects, companies will almost inevitably start quickly thinking about how to incorporate the principles of SOA into their enterprise architectures. Companies will need to leverage their IT to provide strategic advantage and to support business model innovation. In order to do this, IT will need to take advantage of reusable business services that can be quickly used to build new solutions to support rapidly changing business needs.
What is it? Process Integrity is the degree to which loosely coupled systems based on SOA can deliver the mission-critical performance of traditional, tightly coupled systems. We have leveraged its years of experience building robust computing systems to deliver an SOA portfolio that can provide unmatched reliability, scalability and security across a wide range of services. This seamless synchronization across the different services, human tasks, information sources and users is key to providing support for critical business processes.
> Play with the SOA Sandbox Process integrity covers several specific aspects of the SOA environment focused on the integrity of transactions, interactions and information. Process integrity also focuses on the key aspects of security and quality of service.Transaction integrity is the ability for both long and short-running transaction to execute consistently and recover when necessary. Interaction integrity is the ability to provide users with access to the information and content they need - when and where they need it. WebSphere Portal is key to providing this interaction integrity.Information integrity focuses on the reliability, completeness and manageability of the information that flows through the SOA environment. Information integrity is supported by the enhanced IBM Information Server.Security enhancements that support process integrity have been made to Tivoli Federated Identity Manager and the WebSphere DataPower Security Gateway.
These are 2 highlights of our announcements and there will be many many more to come!
Let me know your thoughts and how you like our announcements!
I'll post the highlighted press clips and more announcements! I am headed to Canada now for a Retail Commerce Summit!! See ya soon! Sandy
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Just a few of the press articles hitting the wire!
InfoWorld - IBM addressing beginner, advanced SOA needs InfoWorld
Internet News: IBM Says No to 'Monolithic, Unchangeable Environments' Internet News
CNET - IBM tailors SOA lineup for specific industries CNET
Just a few to date!!!! Happy Launch Reading!
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The Full Article
You could say that behind every successful service-oriented architecture is a CEO. With its promise of using existing technology to more closely align information technology with business goals, SOAs have proven to help companies realize greater efficiencies, cost savings and productivity. Still, as many IT managers have learned, without executive endorsement, an SOA will be relegated to the confines of IT as opposed to being recognized as an organization-wide business strategy. While no two organizations are exactly alike, there are consistent themes that arise -- and pitfalls to avoid -- when aiming for approval to build an SOA. For those many IT leaders who are facing the seemingly daunting challenge of presenting the importance and value of an SOA strategy to the executive suite, following are ten tips for selling SOA to the CEO. 1. Don't call it SOA: explain the value and benefits in business terms that reflect the organization's goals -- such as cost reduction, productivity, competitive advantage, etc. -- before diving into a technical conversation.2. Vision, not version: outline the immediate and long-term results from this strategy while avoiding discussions about specific version numbers.3. Build consensus throughout the company: prove the value of SOA through small test projects conducted with volunteer departments in the organization. Make sure to include those department leaders when you later roll out the SOA. 4. Start small yet live large: when selecting those small test projects, choose to integrate and automate those business processes that can have the most widespread, positive impact across the organization. 5. Ixnay on the TLA: while it's easy to get caught up in the technical jargon that is fully understood among peers, remember that three letter acronyms (TLA) can sound as eloquent as pig Latin when trying to convince your CEO of a major new strategic undertaking. 6. Get to the powerful points: without relying on complex slides that can deter from the true purpose of the meeting. 7. Conviction and prediction: articulate goals for each step along the SOA path. By publicly stating and achieving realistic goals for the organization based on an SOA -- increasing productivity or decreasing costs by XX percent -- you can bolster confidence in the project and overall strategy.8. Reference third party validation: cite analyst data on the growth and adoption of service oriented architectures and point to relevant SOA success stories within your industry (and by your competitors). 9. The close: SOA what? Outline specific before-and-after scenarios of the impact of SOA on your particular organization to help disarm any naysayer and gain CEO approval.10. Qualify and quantify: set goals, track performance and refine methodologies at every step along the way. Be sure to share the results with interested parties on a regular basis to demonstrate the success of your company's SOA journey.The opportunity to evangelize SOA to company executives is rare. To make the most of your extended elevator pitch, remember to articulate business benefits, reiterate bottom line results and illustrate the company-wide value of an SOA.
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I am here at the Gartner IT Expo which is always held in Orlando Florida. Yesterday we unveiled our newest SOA announcements for BPM. Jim Hanley, from Harley .
Jim Haney, their CIO and biggest buyer of Harley's clothesline, outlined his challenges as a fairly new executive at Harley! His challenges were around the business challenges...his business needed to steamline their key business processes, provide quicker access to information, and basically make it easy to do business with. This sounds very simliar to alot of customers that I talk with daily! And simliar to the CIO conference where the challenge to CIOs was to become more linked to the business and become Chief Innovation Officiers!
Using the SOA approach, Jim has seen some amazing results at Harley -- one of my favorite brands! He was able to present a “business process” lens to his users, provide more business flexibility through loosely coupled integration, and lowered his costs through faster delivery of capabilities through reuse and common process component.
His closing top 3 points were....Run the IT like a business, Protect the Brand and Instill trust………AND……Invest in your people....
This is similar to Gartner's keynote and focus on people. Interesting way to kick off the conference...Discussion occured around...Aging baby boomers that must nurture next generation.. VERSATILISTS.. multi talented professionals who will likely not be the same mix as the people around the table today. The impact of Geographic diversification (offshore outsourcing)...etc
The bottom line....Accept the VERSATILISTS .. change focus & culture of your IT organization… REPROGRAM THE IT CULTURE!
Identify what kills ideas stone dead… We tried that didn’t work Consultant speak I could have done that in cobol..
Well, that's enough for now!
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Sorry I was lost in neverland for a while and lost all my August Blogs!! But I am back just in time for the 2H launch!
Did you miss this blog?
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I love pearls from Japan. After I landed in Narita, I immediately went to visit my friend Jane Yonamine for a look at the latest Pearl styles! She has such awesome merchandise and her husband was the first man of color to play for the San Francisco 49ers! Check out her store ... Click Here For Real Pearls . Although I always go and see Jane, her pearls are not the only pearls I check out here!
Tomorrow we will have Pearls of Wisdom about SOA at the Japan SOA summit. There are over 400 customers attending and there will be 12 customer speakers from top companies like Yanmar, Nissan, Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting, Sumitomo Trust and Banking, NTT Communications, and Asahi Kasei Medical. At this conference, we will make 2 announcements -- stay tuned and I'll post the information tomorrow.
I am sitting here with Anu Ahuja and Sachiko Tsuchiya-San and they just shared with me that in Japan, IBM is very well recognized as the market leader in SOA. According to Gartner (Gartner's IT Demand Survey Report from May of 2006), IBM was chosen as the leader of all vendors as the company they want to work with around SOA engagements. This is a powerful recommmendation of IBM as the vendor of Choice for SOA. And Anu and Sachiko continued with the good news. IBM GBS was the leading consulting firm that companies count on for their SOA adoption!
Well, more from Japan tomorrow - and then its off to China!
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Not sure if you saw this or its significance but we have continued our focus on developers!
IBM continued its drive to stimulate SOA adoption this week giving developers a free pass to use any IBM patent related to more than 150 Web services and SOA standards.
We are trying to support the need of developers and customers who will create the next generation of SOA applications.
Check it out! Visit SOA and Web Services patents
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So we had several votes for our painting for SOA ....... and the winner is....yes, I asked you guys to vote. This was my favorite entry!
"As much as I like Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, I hope those CIO's didn't pick it as Starry Night was painted in 1889 near the mental asylum of Saint-Remy, in, as it turns out, 13 months before his death....
SOA is on its way up and the limit doesn't seem to be in site... So that would make Piet Mondrain's "Broadway Boogie Woogie" (the yellow line one) the best choice. As Mondrain wanted the "...infinitely extendable, and the open-ended space..." that "...stretches far beyond its borders..." as told by David Sylvester about Piet Mondrain.
While (still) sitting here pondering life in the rain, I saw Elisabeth's blog! and the latest review of the InfoWorld SOA day! http://www.ebizq.net/blogs/archives/2006/05/ebizq_audio_pod.php
I head to London on Monday for the SOA Summit there. Will post in my best british accent!
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It's been eight months since the publication of my book on SOA, "The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2.0." During that time it has become one of the best-selling IBM books. I've really enjoyed hearing from those of you who have read it. Thank you for all your comments - and please keep them coming!
One thing I do hear is where people can order the book. It's available online at the IBM Press Website or on Amazon - so check it out!
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Happy Reading! Sandy[Read More]