Both IBM and BEA Systems are boosting their service-orientated architecture (SOA) systems with new tools and services for enterprises.
SOA is a form of application development that breaks down business applications into services or specific types of functionality that can be combined and re-used in a modular and flexible way.
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BEA Systems has developed a web-based tool that is designed to quantitatively measure and benchmark a company's readiness for pursuing SOA as its IT strategy.
Called the "BEA Service-Oriented Architecture Readiness Self-Assessment", the tool uses a BEA SOA methodology and is designed to provide firms with specific IT comparisons with similar companies, to allow them to prepare their SOA roadmaps.
BEA has also expanded its SOA practice to include new consulting and educational service offerings, to include roadmaps, architecture design and project implementations.
IBM has further developed its SOA approach by introducing its Service Oriented Modelling and Architecture (SOMA) platform.
SOMA, available from IBM Global Services, maps companies' underlying applications and infrastructure with specific business processes, in an attempt to make sure that SOA implementations match the needs of the business.
The BEA SOA Readiness Self-Assessment tool can be found at: www.bea.com/soa/assessment