Sun’s Service Oriented
A Pragmatic Approach
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Sun’s pragmatic Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) services follow a structured, four-
phase, iterative process:
• Analyze — Schedule working sessions with stakeholders to deliver discovery and analysis work-
shops that assess the readiness of applications, services, processes, and skills to embrace the SOA.
• Identify — Identify benefits and key candidates with significant business services for reuse
potential and gaps.
• Plan — Build the outline of a workable roadmap, structure, and budget for implementation.
• Deliver — Execute against the plan, and implement the reference architecture to realize the
proposed roadmap outcomes in incremental phases.
Sun’s pragmatic, service oriented When an SOA is appropriately implemented, it
architecture approach can enable enterprises to better leverage and
Highlights Organizations are faced with intensified com- integrate IT assets, while increasing flexibility
petition and rapidly changing business condi- to respond to business change and opportunity.
Sun’s SOA services are driven by
these key founding principles: tions, as well as recent legislation that forces In a world of rapidly changing technology
regulatory compliance to the top of CIOs’ and emerging standards, achieving effective
Commitment to Standards
and Interoperability agendas. Cost pressures and decreasing margins implementation is not always straightforward.
Sun’s approach is based on building are causing companies to find new ways to
interoperable and extensible solu- better leverage IT assets and do more with less. Sun delivers a pragmatic approach to adopting
tions through the use of accepted Businesses demand agility from their people, SOA, which emphasizes:
open industry standards
processes, and technology to help them address • Solving business challenges and seeking
Proven Architecture, Design these challenges. opportunities for improvement
Patterns, Blueprints, and • Incremental and service level-driven
Sun’s SOA is an integrated software infrastruc- implementations
Customers benefit from Sun’s
expertise, techniques, and principles ture and design approach based on best prac- • Return on investment in 12 to 18 months
in the design and implementation tices. It leverages Web services and existing • Federation and integration
of scalable and extensible architec- Java™ technology and .NET environments, • Open, interoperable, and standards-based
tures for their business systems while emphasizing shared services, interoper- technologies
ability, federation, extensibility, and reuse.
2 Data Sheet Sun’s Service Oriented Architecture Services sun.com/software
In addition, Sun offers open infrastructure soft- • Plan the next steps of engagement in a
ware components — the Sun Java Enterprise detail analysis phase using the SOA Oppor-
“VPS ASA, the Norwegian Central System and the Sun Java System Suites — to lay tunity Assessment, SOA proof of concept, or
the foundation for your SOA. Find out more about pilot implementation.
Securities Depository, are working to the affordable, simple, predictable licensing of • Deliver a set of recommendations for selecting
the Java Enterprise System and Java System SOA on-ramp projects.
realize the vision of architecting an open
Suites at sun.com/javaenterprisesystem.
and flexible next-generation solution.” The SOA Opportunity Assessment is an
The SOA Jumpstart Workshop helps cus- analysis of key business processes and enter-
tomers execute on the SOA approach for prise architecture alignment based on a
“We engaged Sun for a three-week SOA business systems implementation, focusing on jointly agreed-upon scope. The areas ana-
service requirements analysis, candidate archi- lyzed include:
Opportunity Assessment. It helped to tecture, and implementation.
identify existing strengths, as well as • Organization Strategy
The Jumpstart Workshop educates customers
the high-level requirements needed to about SOAs, why they should be interested in
• Process and Practices
SOAs, and what the impact of implementing
• Technologies and Tools
successfully achieve our business prior- an SOA will be on their businesses. In addition,
the Jumpstart Workshop prepares both technical
ities. Our architects are now engaged The focus of the three- to nine-week SOA
and business teams to actively contribute and
Opportunity Assessment is to:
with Sun to establish a common, stan- collaborate in the process of designing, imple-
• Analyze organizational alignment, existing
menting, and adopting the new SOA approach
systems and services, initiatives, practices,
dard SOA infrastructure and framework to delivering business services.
and processes that can be leveraged.
for the development and management • Identify opportunities with significant
The focus of the two- to four-day SOA Jumpstart
business services reuse potential, gaps,
of our business services and to help Workshop is to:
critical success factors, and risks.
• Analyze key business and technical values,
mentor our project teams to develop • Plan the roadmap structure and approach.
current customer environment, and challenges.
• Deliver a comprehensive set of tactical
• Identify key SOA benefits that are applicable
the necessary skills.“ and strategic recommendations, as well as
to challenges in the business scenarios being
a practical roadmap for SOA adoption.
Sissel Bergh Bakke discussed. Introduce participants to SOA term-
Chief Information Officer, VPS ASA inology, technology, standards, and principles.
3 Data Sheet Sun’s Service Oriented Architecture Services sun.com/software
SOA on-ramp implementations identify and Ultimately, the purpose of the Center of
scope key candidate projects that have signifi- Excellence is to deliver business value.
“We felt that Sun was the right vendor to
cant business services reuse potential, as well
help us build a robust solution that we as delivering Services Candidate Architecture The SOA Center of Excellence Program builds
for customers as proof of concepts. on the strengths and worldwide success of the
hope will become the industry standard in service offering to establish a Java Center of
The approach to SOA on-ramp implementations Excellence (COE). The approach to establishing
simplifying the vehicle financing process.”
is to: a SOA Center of Excellence is to:
• Analyze business goals to be achieved by • Analyze organizational goals and the pro-
the project. cesses, technologies, skills, and investment
“Our confidence in Sun has only grown • Identify and validate the scope, depend- needs to achieve these objectives.
encies, key SOA enabling technologies, • Identify the charter of the COE, execution,
— its sales and consulting professionals
and tools for the project. and operational model.
have been very responsive to our needs, • Plan how gaps in skills, culture, processes, • Plan and prioritize the recommended roles,
technologies, and tools will be addressed, skills, practices, and processes needed to
without trying to over-sell us.”
and how changes to the current IT ecosystem establish the COE.
Joel Gruber can be integrated. • Deliver on the vision of the COE, sustain its
CIO, RouteOne LLC • Deliver a candidate architecture and reference role, and provide the joint commitment to
implementation of the architecture. continue to deliver business value through
This pragmatic approach results in:
• Leveraging economies of scale in delivering AIM defines the technical delivery and project
business services management methodology that Sun uses to
• Leveraging new and existing assets architect, implement, and manage customer
• Minimizing risk solutions.
• A flexible and standardized reference
architecture AIM is based on the Sun Sigma initiative and
• Simplifying the delivery of business initiatives focuses on understanding, capturing, and
owing to services reuse addressing customer needs with a holistic and
objective perspective. This allows Sun to design
The SOA Center of Excellence Program
and deliver predictable, minimal risk, and high-
establishes a focal point for reinforcing and
quality solutions for customers.
promoting SOA-recommended principles
and reuse of:
• Processes and Procedures