IBM Global Services Strengthens On Demand IT Management Capabilities

SOA Ecosystem Evolves With New Partners Joining SOA Management Practice

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ARMONK, NY - 29 Sep 2005: IBM Global Services today announced it has expanded its SOA Management Practice with the introduction of two new partners and additional capabilities. Originally launched last year, the IBM Global Services SOA Management Practice provides customers with a sophisticated and comprehensive set of management capabilities needed for successful SOA deployments. The first partners in the Practice, SOA Software and AmberPoint, worked closely with IBM Tivoli Software to deliver comprehensive SOA management solutions. Reflecting the success of these relationships, two new partners -- Actional and DataPower -- join the practice today.

The IBM Global Services SOA Management Practice leverages IBM's recently announced SOA Foundation management capabilities, leveraging industry leading WebSphere and Tivoli software, to help customers manage their Service Oriented Architectures.

The practice is designed to expand the SOA Management ecosystem with a selected set of vendor software products that provide a broad range of SOA management capabilities that complement existing IBM solutions. The practice has worked with dozens of customers to bridge the gap from SOA architecture and design into production implementation and operational management.

"We see the use of Service Oriented Architectures among customers is evolving rapidly from technology evaluation into production deployment," said Michael Liebow, vice president, SOA and Web Services, IBM Global Services. "Customers' main focus now as they expand from pilot projects to enterprise wide SOA deployment is management and governance. Customers need assurance that they are working with trusted partners and proven technology, which can be found in the IBM Global Services SOA Management Practice."

SOA Governance
The expanded SOA Management Practice will complement the recently announced IBM Global Services SOA Governance capability. SOA Governance helps clients extend the planned SOA across the enterprise in a controlled manner. This new SOA Governance capability helps customers set a baseline for measuring improvements, tracking SOA projects, building a pool of skilled resources and establishing the structure for making decisions about SOA initiatives. Additionally, this services capability helps keep all SOA initiatives, architectures and investments aligned to their business goals as clients become on demand businesses.

Partners Validate Need for Specialized Practice
"The SOA Management Practice supports and extends our close partnership with IBM and IBM Global Services," said John Hubinger, AmberPoint's CEO. "IBM Global Services is a leader at implementing enterprise-class SOA deployments and AmberPoint is the industry's foremost provider of SOA management solutions. This combination of leading software and services provides organizations a field-tested way to quickly adopt service-oriented systems, as demonstrated by our success with many mutual customers."

"Actional is excited to join IBM's SOA Management Practice, bringing our enterprise-class SOA Management Solutions to complement IBM's best-of-breed offering," said Tom Ryan, CEO of Actional. "Leveraging leading technology, we enable customers to achieve the end-to-end transaction visibility required for security, performance, web services management and SLA adherence. Our runtime governance solution completes the governance lifecycle by measuring, enforcing and auditing governance policies and rules in production and runtime environments."

"DataPower has a well-earned reputation for providing pragmatic business solutions to the problems of securing, managing and enabling SOAs. DataPower's products provide the full range of policy-based management functions for both legacy and XML transaction flows," said Jim Ricotta, CEO and President at DataPower. "By teaming up with IBM Global Services, we are able to transform our customers' businesses even faster, enabling unprecedented business agility while continuing to cut IT costs. We share a vision of a mature approach to SOA, which goes beyond single, stove-piped products or technology-first thinking, to focus instead on the business drivers and the agile network."

"Every large company in the world is building a Service Oriented Architecture to take advantage of its enormous potential for cost saving and new business opportunities," said Roberto Medrano, executive vice president, SOA Software. "As these companies expand their use of Web services and build an SOA, they need to build a comprehensive SOA Infrastructure for security, management and governance. We share IBM's vision for enterprise SOA, and are excited to be able to offer our products through the IBM Global Services SOA management practice."

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