IBM Bolsters SOA Services

Hoping to speed acceptance of its service-oriented architecture initiative, IBM at last has rolled out a new service to help corporate users shape their projects to better fit their business goals.

The new service, called SOMA (Service Oriented Modeling and Architecture), is intended to help users solve technical and business problems and also offers a more consistent way to develop technology that provides a better financial return.

"We are seeing more clients adopt SOAs. But fundamentally, what hasn't been cracked yet is this notion of, 'How do I know I am implementing the right parts of the SOA?' or 'How do I know I am exposing the right services that bring the biggest bang for my buck?' or 'How do I know I am focused on the right business process areas in terms of what the technology can deliver?'. This service can help in these areas," said Jim Hilt, IBM's SOA strategy manager with the company's Global Services unit in Somers, N.Y.

The SOMA service helps to ensure that goals set by business process modeling are implemented in a way that generates the greatest result in an efficient manner, Hilt said. By evolving an SOA across the breadth of existing infrastructure, IT resources can be freed up, better ensuring that technology investments are more focused on a company's core capabilities, he added.

"Everyone is out there doing business process modeling work and most are beginning to realize you just can't do an end-to-end business process, and that you have to look at it from a componentized view. It is similar to what we have talked about with the component business model, where you literally break the business down into subcomponent parts and decide what you really need to focus on as core to you business," Hilt said.

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