IBM has announced its Business Integration Adoption Model to help enterprises get the most out of a service-oriented architecture (SOA).
As part of an integration drive IBM is offering new SOA tools and arranged workshops and services.
SOA allows the integration of diverse services and applications to improve the sharing of information around an enterprise.
IBM has based its model on its clients' deployment of SOAs. The model is designed to expand SOA's business benefits and establish a roadmap for increasing business value for customers over time.
The model builds on IBM's best practices, investments in middleware, consulting and implementation services, and open standards platforms.
As part of the initiative, IBM has announced a free online assessment that enables businesses to quickly evaluate their current level of SOA exploitation and identify high-priority focus areas.
IBM has also announced a wide array of both online and classroom education courses.
To further jumpstart SOA implementations, IBM is offering a series of WebSphere integration architecture workshops. Through these one-on-one client tailored workshops delivered at the client location, SOA business integration roadmaps are created based on clients’ unique business priorities, infrastructure and application assets.
IBM has also announced the SOA Integration Framework, a new services capability built on its WebSphere, Rational and Tivoli middleware and consisting of IBM SOA patterns, processes and tools that speed services delivery of flexible, lower-risk SOA solutions.
This framework will provide guidance for the creation of business processes and services, runtime environments, and the appropriate management frameworks, all targeted at SOA applications and environments.
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