IBM Launches Initiative of SOA Products, Services

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 10-03-2006
IBM announced a broad-based assault on the service-oriented architecture market, introducing a wide variety of new and enhanced products and services aimed at helping IBM customers implement SOA and bolstering the company's position as a leader in the SOA space.

In a call with reporters and analysts, Steve Mills, IBM senior vice president and general manager of IBM Software Group, joined Mike Daniels, senior vice president of IBM Global Technology Services, and Robert LeBlanc, general manager of IBM's WebSphere business unit, to describe the new lineup of four new and 23 enhanced products and 11 new services based on the company's experience with nearly 3,000 SOA customer engagements and 2,500 business partners.

"IBM is making $1 billion in SOA investments this year," Mills said.

Indeed, Mills said IBM's new SOA software and services focus on four key areas: the use of business process management (BPM, governance, preparing IT infrastructures for SOA; and creating SOA services).

Tracy LeGrand, chief architect and vice president of technology strategy and architecture at Ameriprise Financial, Minneapolis, an IBM SOA customer, said IBM and its products have "played an important role in our SOA journey. And IBM is now enhancing these products to cover spaces where we had to bring in other products" to fill out areas IBM previously did not cover.

Mills said IBM has 300 SOA patents. He added that according to a study by Wintergreen Research, Lexington, Mass., IBM has a 46 percent share of the SOA market.

"We're quite impressed with the completeness, depth and accuracy of IBM's SOA message," said Jason Bloomberg, an analyst with ZapThink, Waltham, Mass.

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