At an "IBM SOA Executive Summit" attended by hundreds of customers from across Europe, IBM announced that its comprehensive resource to find reusable IT services based on IBM and IBM Business Partner software is now available. The IBM SOA Business Catalog allows customers to search for information on service oriented architecture (SOA) assets or IT "services," combinations of software code, intellectual property and best practices, used to solve specific business problems. Recent studies have shown that reusing existing assets can help build an SOA up to five times faster.

By the end of the year, IBM's SOA Business Catalog is expected to include more than 3,000 SOA assets spanning more than 15 industries to solve specific business problems. The Catalog directs customers to the appropriate IBM or qualified IBM Business Partner software including process templates, web services, tools and adapters along with details on how customers can easily obtain and integrate these IT services into existing IT infrastructures.

"IBM's SOA Business Catalog delivers on the promise of reusing IT components," said Sandy Carter, vice president WebSphere and SOA, IBM. "The ability to find and obtain detailed information on specific qualified IBM and IBM Business Partner assets - and reuse those assets - will enable customers to use an SOA to cut costs and increase revenue faster that developing individual IT services."

Industry specific reusable IT services targeted to business uses that can be found in the IBM SOA Business Catalog include:

The IBM Information Framework Process Models - Allow financial services business users to analyze business processes from both a technical and business perspective and provide the discipline and consistency required to effect enterprise-wide transformational change.

The IBM Insurance Application Architecture - Architectural blueprint with detailed insurance business content that can be applied to initiatives on an enterprise-wide or specific project basis. It enables insurers to create detailed specifications and cross-enterprise architectures for information systems. These models represent over 300 cumulative person-years of development, incorporating input from many leading insurance organizations.

WebSphere Business Modeler industry-specific sample modeling projects - These samples help business users examine the impact process modeling can have to the business. The projects include various modeling constructs, elements, and potential methods to create SOA projects focused on business improvements. Sample models include mortgage application, insurance claims, produce invoice payment for retail, DSL provisioning for telecom and supplier forecasting for manufacturing.

WebSphere DataStage TX Industry Pack for HL7 - Integrates healthcare industry standard data formats with existing infrastructures. It enables developers, testers, and the production staff to accomplish more through deeper integration with their enterprise environments.

Additional SOA assets available in IBM's SOA Business Catalog help eliminate barriers to entry. Examples include:

IBM QuickStart for WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus -Helps architect, design, develop and deploy a WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (ESB).

IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP) for User Experience Modeling v4.0 - Provides a set of best practices to simplify the development, analysis and design and testing of new models activities, and test models.

The IBM SOA Business Catalog will link to the WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) which allows software assets to be catalogued and stored in the repository. WSRR delivers strong governance capabilities for the publication, discovery, subscription, management and policy enforcement of SOA services and assets.

IBM Business Partners with IT services that have been qualified and part of IBM SOA Business Catalog include AdminServer, Amazon Web Services, Dassault Systemes, MRO, Napersoft, and Nimaya, among others.

IBM's SOA Business Catalog can be accessed at http://ibm.com/soa/soabusinesscatalog .

For additional information please visit www.ibm.com/soa.

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