BEA Summit: Standards solve SOA problems, says HP

Service oriented architecture (SOA) project managers face complexity and the loss of direction or accountability during SOA implementations, delegates at BEA's Arch2Arch Summit were told.

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Service oriented architecture (SOA) project managers face complexity and the loss of direction or accountability during SOA implementations, delegates at BEA's Arch2Arch Summit were told.

Many SOA projects can take over five years and require a dramatic change in business processes as well as corporate outlook, according to Roman Stanek, SOA director for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at HP.

Further, the projects are well known for losing sight of the end goal, with managers left looking for answers when their chief executives ask for a measure of the project’s performance.

Speaking at BEA Arch2Arch Summit, a customer event in Nice, Stanek said that standardisation can solve many of these issues. "New processes for governance, quality and management are essential. People know how to integrate systems but with services shared across departments there can be divisions," he said.

Successful SOA adoption requires ways of dealing with governance, quality and management issues, Stanek claimed. Part of dealing with management and operation questions was to provide "consistent and repeatable implementation processes" that were tied to a clear standard. He maintained that doing this would ensure minimum disruption for clients.

SOA projects require regular testing, so companies that have set a clear framework at the start would be able to better monitor the project’s ongoing success or failure, Stanek explained. With thousands of potential permutations to test at every stage, simplification of processes could make a large difference.

Standard SOA lifecyles can involve: searching for the right method, designing the project, reviewing it, writing the code, performing a quality check, deploying new services, operating those services, making modifications, quality checking again, deploying new services, and retiring and archiving the old processes.

HP provides its own software and services to tackle these issues.

Projects need constant feedback from governance to testing, testing to management, and management to governance levels.

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