Progress exploits SOA in today’s changing business world

Progress has announced a pre-integrated enterprise integration solution that they claim reduces the time it takes to deploy IT infrastructure and to derive value from the implementation.

They have combined the Progress Sonic Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and the Progress DataXtend Semantic Integrator (DXSI). Progress claim that this new pre-integrated enterprise integration solution delivers enhanced IT architectural flexibility, thus enabling a dramatically faster response to business change.

Colleen Smith, vice president of Platforms and Integration, Progress Software said: “Delivering pre-integrated enterprise integration solutions empowers CIOs and enterprise architects to respond to change within their IT infrastructure quickly and cost-effectively so that they can derive value and a return on their investment quickly, without disrupting current systems or losing data quality.

“Businesses require agility in their IT infrastructure and by offering the Progress Sonic ESB pre-integrated with the Progress DataXtend Semantic Integrator, users can now support SOA with real-time data allowing them to respond faster to new business requirements.”

Enterprises can use the pre-integrated Sonic ESB and DataXtend SI enterprise solution alone or combine it with the Progress Actional SOA Management platform to provide continuous delivery of business services that will not impact their existing applications and eliminates the limitations of SOA by using data semantics, end-to-end visibility and IT governance.

As a pre-integrated offering, the DataXtend SI and Sonic ESB combination now provide a tightly integrated development and deployment environment that ensures improved IT developer productivity and superior enterprise service delivery. In addition, DataXtend SI users have access to the comprehensive Sonic ESB platform for improved performance and data service scalability.

Additionally, the new Sonic ESB includes improved visibility and impact analysis capabilities. By facilitating the visualisation of the interdependencies of service interactions or data exchanges, developers can more easily make changes to critical integration applications without negatively impacting their IT production systems.

This is another example of Progress Software’s strategy to provide a software platform that is easier to use and able to support today’s world of agile business, whilst still supporting good IT practices such as SOA.

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Simon Holloway is Practice Leader (Process Management & RFID) at Bloor Research. Simon’s IT background spans some 20 years as an IT consultant specialising in IS/IT strategy planning, information management, corporate data and process modelling, business process reengineering, software selection and project management. He has worked in IT organisations that include Solidsoft, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Forté Software and Redfern Consulting where he has built up a reputation for his ability to provide translation between the business and IT worlds. He has also worked for a variety of industry and service based organisations including: Cadbury Schweppes, PITO, British Airways, Glaxo and Scottish Widows. Simon joined Bloor in 2007 and now holds the Business Process brief.