IBM is filling holes in its service oriented architecture (SOA) product line-up, notably in the areas of business process management and industry-specific services.
"Any holes are a recognition of what customers are trying to do," said Steve Mills, senior vice president of IBM's software group. "Early SOA adopters may have found gaps and had to do some handcrafting. They can avoid doing that now."
IBM made what it billed as its most extensive rollout of SOA offerings to date, including four new products, 23 enhanced versions of existing software and 11 new services offerings. It positioned the news as evidence of its focus on SOA as a revenue driver.
One of the four new products IBM unwrapped Tuesday is WebSphere Business Services Fabric. The software is based on the technology IBM acquired when it purchased niche SOA player Webify in August and also draws on services from IBM business partners. The product includes pre-built accelerators, tools and frameworks to help ensure that SOA applications comply with specific industry regulations.
Another new offering is WebSphere Registry and Repository (WSRR) to help customers manage their web services and shared business processes. The software enables users to publish and find SOA services and can also hook into third-party registries and repositories.
The two other new tools are Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database and Tivoli Dynamic Workload Broker.
IBM also has made SOA-related improvements in members of its WebSphere middleware, Rational development tools, Lotus collaboration and Tivoli systems management families. The new SOA services focus on three key areas – security, service management and virtualisation.