IBM Opens SOA Centers

by CXOtoday Staff    Nov 03, 2006

IBM has opened two new development centers in Beijing, China; and Pune, India to develop, manage and deliver industry-specific SOA business services that solve pressing business issues facing IBM clients.

SOA allows companies to create new business services easily across their existing IT infrastructure. For example, a new business service can track inventory through the design, manufacturing, supply and payment business processes - all of which were previously disconnected. The new IBM SOA Solutions centers will take advantage of this fundamental shift in technology, which allows companies to manage business processes without worrying about the constraints of technology.

Using IBM’s WebSphere Business Services Fabric, the centers will create and manage a portfolio of repeatable, industry-specific services components.

The center in Pune will initially develop repeatable business services for the insurance industry, including home and auto rate quoting as well as health care business services, such as claim filing and response. Resources from IBM labs in Hyderabad, India will also support development activity in Pune. The Beijing center will develop services for governments including financial and case management as well as services for banks including real time, risk-based loan pricing.

Approximately 500 IBM SOA experts will focus on these activities at each center.

The new SOA Solutions centers are integrated with the IBM Global Business Solutions Center in Bangalore, which combines IBM strengths in business consulting, research, software, systems, engineering, and emerging technologies to create business solutions in more than 50 key business areas such as consumer driven supply chain optimization, banking risk and compliance and retail merchandising. These business solutions will be fully SOA-enabled at the new SOA solutions centers, and delivered consistently worldwide though IBM’s global network of services delivery centers in more than 20 countries.

Presently ICICI and NIC are the SOA clients of IBM. Earlier this year, IBM had announced an investment of $1 billion in SOA.