Jump Start Services
The average enterprise integration initiative can take 2-5 years complete if your organization starts from scratch. Much of that time is spent learning from your mistakes. Enterprise Architecture and SOA implementation / BPM implementation typically comprises the bulk of the new work. As shown in the following diagram, focused on SOA, most organizations start by implementing hundreds, if not thousands, of services and processes, all different, and usually at a very low level. Egos, redundancy, and experimentation rule, all at the organization's expense. Once an organization realizes that it is in chaos, a standard architectural pattern and supporting platform emerges, but the services themselves are still technical artifacts that may not meet your enterprises needs.
The Pros From Dover, Inc. has been sharing its SOA Jump Start /* down load the Jump Starting SOA presentation here */ and BPM Jump Start methods in public forums such as the Telecommunications CIO SOA Summit and TUCON08. Our methodology and tools can save your up to 40% of the typical enterprise integration initiative. Recommendations Include:
- Use An Architecturally Driven Process such as the Rational Unified Process (RUP)
- Define The End State At A High Level
- Have An Enterprise Architecture Modeled Down To Implementation Level
- Focus on Defining Enterprise Level Services That Interface With Your Business Process Model (no more than 20-30 key services)
- Don't Re-invent The Wheel - Many Communities Have Already Created a Collection Of Standard Services and Business Process That Can Serve As Your Starting Point
- Implement Governance From Day 1
- Start Building Out The Infrastructure Immediately
- Have A Reference Service Implementation For Enterprise Services That Interfaces With Your Business Process Management System(s) and Your Complex Event System(s)
- Build Out Common Services As Budget & Resources Allow
- Keep Enterprise Services Granular (Add operations using SOAP)
- Build Out Enterprise Services Only As Needed
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last updated 2010/02/19