Truck firm DAF shifts from mainframe to SOA

DAF Trucks is integrating its mainframe legacy systems into a service oriented architecture as part of an overhaul of its IT systems.

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DAF Trucks is integrating its mainframe legacy systems into a service oriented architecture as part of an overhaul of its IT systems.

The European truck giant is moving from an almost exclusively mainframe environment to one where the mainframe co-exists with distributed servers running applications such as SAP and Siebel, as well as custom-built software built in .Net.

DAF enterprise architect Joost van den Dool told the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Summit in Rome that key business systems would remain on the mainframe for the foreseeable future, so the company had looked for an integration tool to maximise the strengths of the mixed, transitional environment.

The truck maker also wants to make it easier and more cost effective for its network of 1,500 dealers – the sales channel for all DAF trucks - to work with the manufacturer by providing better tools and real-time access to its mainframe data through a web portal.

The move is aimed at increasing DAF’s market share without adding to the administrative burden on its dealers.

DAF is using Shadow z/Services from Progress Software subsidiary Data Direct Technologies to integrate its mainframe legacy systems into its SOA.

The Shadow platform enables mainframe assets to become full participants in the company’s SOA by publishing data operations as web services and providing an industry standard interface into all mainframe data repositories.

Shadow z/Services will be rolled out to some 5,000 users over the next 12 months, in a project that is expected to produce a return on investment in less than two years.

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