SOA, tools wrap: Programs, strategies, tools readied

SOA Software, IBM, and BuildForge on Monday are rolling out strategies, programs, and tools to smooth SOA deployments and ease the software development process.

SOA Software will enable deployments of its Web services infrastructure tools without requiring that they specifically be linked to the SOA Software Registry product.

"The importance of registry independence is really that every organization is standardizing on UDDI as an SOA registry and they shouldn't have to implement multiple repositories for service information," said Ian Goldsmith, vice president of marketing at SOA Software.

"We're just working with partner products as well [as our own]," Goldsmith said.

A UDDI registry is needed to store information about services managed by the SOA Software Service Manager, for Web services. Other SOA Software products using a registry include the company's upcoming SOLA (Service Oriented Legacy Architecture) product for managing mainframe-based Web services and the XML VPN tool to manage partner Web services in b-to-b environments.

SOA Software's products now will function with UDDI-compliant registries from companies such as Flashline, Infravio, LogicLibrary, and Systinet.

Service Manager 3.1 ships this month, featuring support for Active Directory authentication, dependency tracking, and performance improvements.

IBM at its PartnerWorld 2006 conference in Las Vegas on Monday will tout new efforts to help ISVs and integrators get small- to mid-sized businesses up and running on SOA.

The company's SOA Business Partner Community is being enhanced to include multiple levels. Featured is a "Zero Barrier" entry-level program, with partners not required to register to get access to certain materials. The Zero Barrier program features access to technical documents, references, Webcasts, and information about SOA.

The next level up is SOA Specialty, featuring benefits such as information on lead generation, sales support, and networking. The By Invitation Only level, meanwhile, offers functions such as co-marketing and product discounts.

SOA Specialty and By Invitation Only feature free-use software and require registration. By Invitation Only, for example, offers access to the WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, for publishing and finding services.

IBM also is announcing IBM SOA Business Central, which is a catalog providing industry-specific assets for SOA, including services, combinations of software code, intellectual property, and best practices. SOA Business Central will include WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. Customers will be able to search for and install ISV services.

Also being introduced is SOA Value Assessment Tool, which helps business partners identify problems that can be solved in an SOA. It recommends WebSphere-based software for problem resolution and projects ROI for a customer in usually six months or less.

IBM is announcing two "matchmaking" communities to match partners based on SOA concerns. One is called SOA Industry Connection, focused on marketing, and the other is called IBM Sales Connection.

BuildForge is unveiling FullControl 4.0, which does process automation for the build and release cycle of software. New to version 4.0 are separate, add-on offerings including BuildForge ALM Adaptors, for integrating with source code managers, and BuildForge Manifest, for dynamically allocating servers to the software build process.

A bill of materials function that tracks changes in the development process also is highlighted as part of FullControl 4.0.

Other products being introduced by BuildForge include BuildForge Prism 1.0, which integrates with IDEs to notify developers of build processes, and BuildForge FullReport 1.0, providing project compliance reporting.

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