Successful SOA - don't forget the data!
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Hi, all. It's been a while since I've written. I've been really, really busy doing pureQuery POCs, training our technical sales guys and whatnot. My job is to focus on data access development through many different architectures and technologies. Last year I was spending a lot of my time on SOA -- and how data plays such a key role in it. I just noticed that there's an upcoming webcast that talks about SOA and information management that focuses on strategies to return business value from an SOA project.
As more and more companies go from exploring and evaluating SOA projects to actual implementation, I think it's really important to learn from these experiences so that you can be more likely to deliver on a successful project. Check out the webcast - it's being sponsored by the System z team and includes insights from David Linthicum, an independent consultant who has lots of experience in this area.
While SOA as a whole is a much larger topic, I like to think that during that "tiny phase" of implementation, one can use all the help they can get to develop the most efficient data access. Web Services support in Data Studio is one of the many components that can help deliver on the SOA promise. Take a look at this video that shows how tooling has become sophisticated enough to jumpstart some of this implementation.
This tooling makes it easy for you to re-use existing DML operations that you know are efficient and well-tested (including COBOL-based stored procedures).
If you're interested in doing some exploration with the Data Web Services technologies yourself, I recommend this IBM Redpaper which is a condensed version of the DB2 for z/OS V9 SOA Redbook. It's z/OS focused,uses WebSphere Community Edition for the app server (however, this can be Webs
--- Vijay Bommireddipalli