SOA in the Real World

Track: Large-Scale Architectures, Case Studies, OT

Audience Level: High Level/Technical view

Time: Tuesday, November 15 16:45

Author: Ed Horst, AmberPoint

Author: Christopher Sirna, AmberPoint

Keywords: Web Services, SOA, .Net, XML, Enterprise Applications, Deployment


According to IDC Research, by 2008 the market for service oriented architecture will exceed $25 billion. SOA will become the dominant distributed computing architecture and will eventually define the fabric of computing. Most enterprise CIOs and CTOs are already beginning to understand that a Web services-based service oriented architecture (SOA) is an ideal means for achieving interoperability of disparate systems. However, before these enterprises can make production use of their loosely coupled systems, they must first overcome the obstacles of security and manageability.

Management is an essential for any organization planning to make production use of SOA. Even at the outset of a Web services project, success hinges on defining, tracking and controlling appropriate service levels. When implementing Web services, organizations need to review and analyze quality-of-service (QoS) metrics in order to plan for growth, minimize risk and justify additional investments. Once in production, loosely coupled systems require heightened security measures and a means for handling unexpected business conditions.

In this session, the author will review how two leading financial services organizations built and deployed production-ready SOA systems, and, as a result, significantly reduced development cycles and total cost of ownership. Ed will also discuss the benefits these companies have achieved from implementing their SOA systems, the challenges they overcame and how they plan to extend their SOA systems to realize greater business benefit in the future.

Customer #1

A multibank holding company with a growing network of 82 offices in 16 U.S. states and international offices in six countries. This company has assets under administration of $2.4 trillion and assets under investment management of $535 billion.

This company's Enterprise Application Architecture Group faced a challenge that's increasingly common in corporate IT-the need for interoperability across disparate, distributed IT assets. The financial services leader had multiple data centers, Java-based client applications, .NET-based internal applications, messaging-based applications and legacy applications. After completing multiple POCs, they saw that a Web services-based service oriented architecture (SOA) would be the ideal means for achieving this interoperability. However, before they could make production use of its loosely coupled system, it required comprehensive management and security capabilities.

Customer #2

A financial services company with a services-based system that routes leads from the company's tax services organization to more than 250 financial advisor offices across the country, filtering through 3,000,000 messages per day. The company implemented SOA management that provides real-time performance monitoring in addition to detection of faults and exceptions. The benefits include rapid resolution of errors and lower costs of application development and production support.