IBM Plots SOA Integration Course

SOAs represent the next popular model of computing, using Web services and other reusable assets to help organizations integrate applications and trigger communication between computers and gear from multiple vendors.

IBM has been beating this drum for more than a year now, with a steady stream of product services and plans for helping customers set up and maintain an SOA. The company has been proposing its global services group as the best way to install an SOA, SOMA architecture earlier this year.

To wit, the Business Integration Adoption Model is geared to help customers quickly install an SPA “roadmap” for increasing business value over time. The systems vendor claimed in a statement companies will be able to build greater flexibility across the enterprise by “tying business processes to applications.”

To pad its portfolio, IBM is offering online and classroom education courses, as well as a series of one-on-one WebSphere Integration Architecture workshops to be delivered at the client location.

For customers who’d like a more complete plan, Big Blue is proposing the SOA Integration Framework. This model employs the Armonk, N.Y., company’s WebSphere application server software, Rational development software and Tivoli management middleware to facilitate SOA services delivery.

IBM isn’t the only major vendor talking about SOA services of late. Earlier this week, Sun Microsystems introduced its SOA Path services plan to educate customers on the value of using the popular architecture.

Earlier this year, BEA Systems introduced and SOA readiness test to help customers gauge where they are and what they need to create the distributed computing model.

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