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Software AG Unveils SOA Web Services Competency Center

The Center will enable organizations to gain greater long-term value from their SOA projects

Software AG, Inc. has unveiled its SOA Competency Center (SOACC) in North America, which will help organizations understand the value of SOA (service-oriented architecture) in their unique environment, shape their SOA vision, plan and implement their SOA, and measure the extent to which an SOA project has met their own pre-established business objectives for success.  By using the services and expertise available from Software AG’s SOACC, businesses will be able to reduce the cost and time needed to implement SOA, and will be positioned to gain greater long-term value from SOA. The announcement was made at the Project Management Institute’s PMI Alamo Symposium 2005 (www.alamo-pmi.org/).

Software AG’s SOA Competency Center combines a proven Methodology with SOA Best Practices that result from decades of large-scale project implementation for major customers – continually refined through a joint knowledge base.  Key elements of the SOACC include:
•    SOA Discovery – a 2-day engagement designed to provide a brief analysis of an organization’s business goals and systems to help determine if the SOA approach is “a good fit.”  The SOA Discovery will also provide insights on SOA and its relevance to a company’s current and future business and IT initiatives.
•    SOA Readiness Assessment – an in-depth evaluation of how SOA can solve specific business challenges within the context of an organization’s objectives and IT infrastructure.  This element assists the customer in identifying a specific project and defining critical success factors and key performance indices.
•    SOA Planning & Design Services – services to assist customers in planning and designing their SOA implementations, while following a disciplined SOA design approach.
•    SOA QuickLaunch – tested design patterns, blue prints and best practices that can be fitted into place during the implementation phase of the SOA project, bringing the SOA principle of reuse to bear on the project itself in order to save time and cost.
•    SOA Achievement Report – a record of how an SOA implementation performs when measured against the success criteria established by the customer during the initial Readiness Assessment.  The explicit measurement step that results in the SOA Achievement Report is unique within the industry
•    SOA Maturity Assessment - for organizations with an existing SOA implementation that is viewed successful, this SOACC element helps bring the benefits of SOA to the rest of the organization by reviewing SOA achievements, identifying opportunities for improvement, and assisting in the creation of a plan to extend SOA value.
“So many of our customers have been requesting guidance and assistance in practical implementation of SOA that we decided to apply our extensive project management experience and CustomerFIRST principles to the creation of the SOA Competency Center,” said Theo Beack, Chief SOA Architect for Software AG North America.  “Not only can the SOACC bring our SOA experience and services capabilities to bear for the customer, but we can also apply the technology within our XML Business Integration products – including just-announced CentraSite – to build a successful SOA.  

The Role of CentraSite in the SOACC
The SOACC applies open systems standards to the creation of an SOA, and therefore is compatible with a wide range of products and technologies from a variety of vendors.  Furthermore, when an organization uses Software AG’s XML Business Integration products (Enterprise Process Manager, Service Integrator and Information Integrator) as the foundation of its SOA, CentraSite becomes the system of record for all SOA metadata originating from those products – providing visibility into the interdependencies between processes, information views, services and service orchestrations, and promoting reuse and management within the SOA.  For more information on the SOACC and CentraSite, visit www.softwareagusa.com.

About Software AG, Inc. (North America)
Software AG, Inc. is based in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area and provides enterprise-class data management and integration solutions to customers in sectors such as local, state and federal government, insurance and public retirement. Software AG, Inc.'s customers include the U.S. Navy, American Fidelity Assurance Company, The California State Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS), NYC Department of Buildings, the State of Alaska and the County of Sacramento.

Software AG provides a real-time single view of strategic business information by integrating applications and systems, in addition to modernizing mainframe and open system IT environments.  Around 2,500 employees in 59 countries support the mission-critical systems of 3,000 customers around the world. The company maintains four R&D facilities across three continents. Founded in 1969, Software AG today is Europe's largest and most established systems software provider. It is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany and is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW). In 2004 Software AG posted 411 million euros in total revenue. The Internet address is www.softwareag.com.

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Software AG Unveils SOA Web Services Competency Center. Software AG has unveiled its SOA Competency Center (SOACC) in North America, which will help organizations understand the value of SOA (service-oriented architecture) in their unique environment, shape their SOA vision, plan and implement their SOA, and measure the extent to which an SOA project has met their own pre-established business objectives for success. By using the services and expertise available from Software AG?s SOACC, businesses will be able to reduce the cost and time needed to implement SOA, and will be positioned to gain greater long-term value from SOA.

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