Technology Analysis and Planning
A common misunderstanding of net-centric services and SOA, particularly among SOA COTS customers, has been that once the “SOA tools” are installed, the promises of SOA will instantly materialize. This simply is not the case. There is a substantial amount of analysis, planning, and integration that must be done with the tools just to begin to realize the promise of sharing data and behavior.
Some of this misunderstanding can be laid at the feet of the SOA COTS vendors. The vendors are experts at selling their technology as”SOA in a box”. Their sales pitch can usually be boiled down to: “all you have to do is install the software and your SOA will be up and running.” As a consequence of misunderstanding the limitations of SOA technology, and not recognizing that success requires more than some installation and configuration, SOA implementations often go underutilized.
At Integrated Secure, we have years of net-centric system design, implementation, and integration experience, both with custom solutions we have built as well integration of SOA and other related COTS tools. More importantly, we are experts at determining the actual capabilities of a COTs tool versus what is advertised. After making that determination, we can write the custom capabilities to fill any gaps in in required capability.
Service Enablement Analysis and Planning
Service enablement is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. To be successful, service enablement must be the appropriate scope, scale, and complexity for your organization. For example, with a smaller organization, design and development approaches are comparatively consistent and well-understood, and often times more technical complexity and risk can be taken on due to the intimate nature of the organization.
As the organizational scale increases (e.g., enterprise scale or federated scale) however, the technology landscape becomes more heterogeneous and technical skill sets and experience across that landscape will vary considerably. In these circumstances, less technical risk and complexity should be undertaken to ensure that all participating organizations work effectively together to realize successful service enablement delivery and support.
At Integrated Secure, we have a great deal of respect for recognizing the importance of these differences when pursuing service enablement in an organization. Further, we have a great deal of experience in working all the these types of organizational environments, and thus are in an outstanding position to perform service enablement analysis and planning for your particular organization.
Data Federation/Virtualization Analysis and Planning
Net-centric services have become an important way for taking the enterprise and federations to the next level of application reuse and enterprise data exploitation. They address many of the limitations of J2EE and application servers, with regard to application reuse and information sharing. However, net-centric services have a related responsibility to address in the area of data integration, and one cannot take on net-centric service and SOA initiatives without examining the related data challenges.
Because SOA creates a new software layer that sits above the core systems and applications and because SOA draws data from many source data stores, there are numerous data integration, system scaling, and performance challenges regarding the data access that must be overcome.
In the last several years, data technology improvements in the arena of data virtualization have been created, in part, to address the data challenges inherent with SOA environments. Data virtualization borrows from many of the older data management concepts such as replication, pooling, and disk management, and virtualizes the capability at a new level of abstraction above the source data stores.
At Integrated Secure, we are experts at recognizing that data integration services and net-centric service delivery must be addressed simultaneously. We will therefore analyze your SOA and related net-centric service goals, and come up with a data federation/virtualization plan that will be appropriate for your organization’s needs.