SOA Integration in Pictures


David Chappell, vice president and chief technologist for SOA at Oracle, shared a SOA success story this week.


It's a mini-case study on how MOVE, Inc., an online real estate company with seven separate Web sites, streamlined and integrated its Web businesses with an internal CRM solution. The implementation was essentially a SOA project involving BPEL, Web services, an ESB, application adapters and canonical data model.


Each of the business units had applications custom-built on the .NET framework and, of course, none of them interacted. MOVE wanted to move to one, enterprise-class CRM solution. Obviously, this involved clearing several integration hurdles, including integrating fulfillment systems, integrating customer usage from each site into Seibel, and integrating to PeopleSoft billing.


Incredibly, they managed to do all that and more in six months, as Chappell explains. Primarily, he tells the integration story with very large diagrams - an integration pictorial of sorts - so it's a short read.


In other integration news:


Integrating Macs. InfoWorld Blogger J. Peter Bruzzese, a self-professed Windows devotee, took a Mac for a test drive recently with an eye for whether the Mac is ready for the enterprise. He tested how well the iMac would integrate with a Microsoft-based enterprise network. In general, the experiment went well. He was able to get it to connect with Active Directory and handle identity management and file-server access without a problem. But when it came to Group Policy, he had to turn to a third-party solution.


Curious about SAP's Integration with Business Objects? This week, IDG News Service published a lengthy Q&A with SAP's John Schwarz, the former Business Objects CEO who now heads SAP's BI division. He's in charge of integrating capabilities from Business Objects into SAP's products. He talks at some length about what specific technologies customers can expect to see integrated -- but he also explains that they don't want to so tightly integrate with SAP that non-SAP customers can't use their BI tools. The integration material is covered in the first few questions.


Apatar Links with Address Verification System. If you use Apatar's open source data integration toolset, you'll be interested to know the company now offers a connector to StrikeIron US Address Verification. This means you'll be able to verify addresses in the United States using live data and technology certified by the U.S. Postal Service. You can learn more by reading the press release.


SOA Guru Now CEO for Data Services Provider. David Linthicum is one of the industry's leading SOA and integration consultants, speakers and authors. Until recently, he was a managing partner with ZapThink, which bought out his consultancy -- the Linthicum Group - six months ago. Now, he's leaving ZapThink to serve as CEO for StrikeIron -- an on-demand Web services provider specializing in data integration. ZapThink notes that he'll continue as a contributor and associate. No word yet on how this will affect his popular blog at InfoWorld.


The Cool Data Integration Kids. Gartner released its annual "Cool Vendors in Data Management and Integration" at the end of March. The seven-page report is for sale on Gartner's site for a cool $195. The research firm did not issue its own press release, but Dataupia did. Datuapia was named as one of the cool vendors. The Dataupia Satori Server data management system is a data warehouse appliance that packages a server, storage and optimization software. I wouldn't be surprised if we see other "cool data management and integration" vendors issuing press releases in the coming weeks.