yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Computing
Conference & Expo
November 2-4, 2009 NYC
Register Today and SAVE !..

2008 West
Data Direct
SOA, WOA and Cloud Computing: The New Frontier for Data Services
Red Hat
The Opening of Virtualization
User Environment Management – The Third Layer of the Desktop
Cloud Computing for Business Agility
CMIS: A Multi-Vendor Proposal for a Service-Based Content Management Interoperability Standard
Freedom OSS
Practical SOA” Max Yankelevich
Architecting an Enterprise Service Router (ESR) – A Cost-Effective Way to Scale SOA Across the Enterprise
Return on Assests: Bringing Visibility to your SOA Strategy
Managing Hybrid Endpoint Environments
Game-Changing Technology for Enterprise Clouds and Applications
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts

2008 West
Get ‘Rich’ Quick: Rapid Prototyping for RIA with ZERO Server Code
Keynote Systems
Designing for and Managing Performance in the New Frontier of Rich Internet Applications
How Can AJAX Improve Homeland Security?
Beyond Widgets: What a RIA Platform Should Offer
REAs: Rich Enterprise Applications
Click For 2008 Event Webcasts
In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I u...
Inside IBM: SOA-Enabled Business Transformation
How IBM does it

Like many other enterprises, IBM is transforming itself in response to fierce global competition and partnering, real security threats, the plethora of regulatory requirements, and demands for more flexibility and agility. Service-oriented thinking and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) play an important role in this transformation.

In this article I describe four IBM SOA-enabled transformation initiatives, driven by different business value propositions - from regulatory compliance, to a more flexible business model, to cost reduction by eliminating duplicate systems and processes. For each case study, I describe business situation and challenges, changes that were implemented to effect the transformation, SOA-enabled solution, and tangible business results. I also describe the best SOA-practices used, technologies that enabled each solution and lessons learned.

Much has been written about the current business environment and the undergoing dramatic changes: fierce competition from traditional and non-traditional players, ever changing regulatory compliance requirements, pressure to create new revenue sources, and demands for more innovation and flexibility. To succeed in this environment, enterprises are transforming by rethinking industry structures, becoming componentized, and adopting service orientation to achieve desired flexibility.

SOA finds increasingly broad acceptance and is emerging as the dominant technology to support such business transformation by providing tighter links between business processes and enabling IT. While analysts call IBM "one of the foremost pioneers in the movement toward Service-Oriented Architecture" for work with its clients, most people don't know that IBM's SOA test bed has been IBM itself. To date, IBM has deployed more than 90 services that have sped our transformation into an on-demand business. As a result, clients often ask us to share our experience with them. In this article I'll describe four IBM initiatives that represent a wide range of business challenges solved by SOA-enabled solutions.

The case studies include:

  1. Customer Order Analysis and Tracking System [COATS]
  2. Microelectronics "factory in a box" [Microelectronics]
  3. IBM Intranet Password External [IIPX] - identity management for business partner applications
  4. Export Validation [Export]
Some of these case studies represent common problems facing many industries, (e.g., case IIP), while others are industry-specific problems, with typical challenges that can be successfully addressed by SOA (e.g., microelectronics).

Readers, who ask why they should consider SOA or want to create a business case for its adoption, may find the Table 1 Business value propositions for SOA adoption below and the detailed descriptions of business drivers for each initiative helpful.

In addition to business context, each case study describes the challenges that the initiative had to overcome, an architectural overview of the SOA solution, and details on the resulting business benefits. I'll also describe best practices, and "lessons learned" that IBM is replicating now across the company and with its clients.

SOA Value Propositions
During the last few years, my colleagues and I have worked with hundreds of clients to implement SOA-based solutions to various business problems. While everyone is talking about business flexibility and agility, initiatives are usually driven by a concrete business value proposition. Desired outcomes can fall into several categories described in Table 1.

About Luba Cherbakov
Luba Cherbakov works as an IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM

In order to post a comment you need to be registered and logged in.

Register | Sign-in

Reader Feedback: Page 1 of 1

SOA World Latest Stories
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optim...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is founda...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project...
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, giv...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey th...
You know you need the cloud, but you’re hesitant to simply dump everything at Amazon since you know that not all workloads are suitable for cloud. You know that you want the kind of ease of use and scalability that you get with public cloud, but your applications are architected in a w...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)! 201 802-3021

SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers