Inside the F1000’s ESB Success Checklists
ESB experts from IBM, BEA, Sonic Software and Sun reveal top secrets of ESB/SOA success from their F1000 customers. IDN looks at the top items making up the ESB Success Checklist for the F1000s.
Top ESB experts from IBM, BEA, Sonic Software and Sun recently gathered during ESB-CON II, Inside Innovative Integration, an unprecedented online event to reveal top secrets of ESB/SOA success from their F1000 customers.
Even as analyst firm and media reports cite an increase in ESB/SOA adoption, ESB-CON II went behind the generalities to get the top ESB providers to share how their F1000 customers are working with ESBs to meet IT and business needs.
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Here's a look at the ESB Success Checklists shared by experts from IBM, BEA, Sonic and Sun - gathered all from their experience with Fortune 1000 customers. .
Marc-Thomas Schmidt, ESB Chief Architect
2006 is the year where ESB and SOA "got real and our customers really switched onto" to these technologies, Schmidt said during ESB-CON II. From that uptick in ESB/SOA rollouts and adoption, Schmidt said he's seen "a very broad spectrum of integration problems can be tackled with ESBs,."
The broad needs of F1000 customers feeds directly into IBM's ESB Success Checklist. Schmidt lists the following must-haves for ESBs.
David Chappell, VP and Chief Technology Evangelist
Sonic Software has been deploying ESBs in the Fortune 1000 since 2002, and now has more than 300 customers. Backed with that experience, Chappell puts two items at the top of his ESB Success Checklist:
During ESB-CON II, Chappell illustrated his advise through examples from several large customers, including AltaGas Ltd.
AltaGas followed these two steps to great ESB success, Chappell described during ESB-CON II. AltaGas, a large energy distribution company, which through acquisitions had grown to a $1billion company. But, they were still using 150,000 Excel spreadsheets to track accounting. AltaGas executives saw value in an ESB-driven project to consolidate all their accounting systems and data. In their first general accounting consolidation projects, AltaGas paid for the SOA investment, and are continuing with projects.
Sanjay Chikarmane, Business Unit Executive for Integration Products
BEA now has more than 1,000 customers undertaking SOA projects, with a strong percentage of them now using BEA's ESB offerings for both internal integration, as well as B2B projects, including First Franklin, a leading mortgage broker and America Online
BEA's Chikarmane suggested during ESB-CON II that F1000 customers are increasingly looking to ESB offerings to lend a mission-critical framework to a variety of integration projects, including web services, services-to-legacy and B2B. With that as a background, he brings several important tips to their ESB Success Checklist.
Ross Altman, CTO Business Integration Platforms
For many of Sun's top customers, an ESB Success Checklist revolves around their ability to define and assemble the pieces these F1000 companies need for a strong Center of Excellence strategy, Altman said during ESB-CON II.
On Altman's Success Checklist are the following items:
These insights on how F1000 firms succeed with ESBs offered by IBM, Sonic Software, BEA Systems and Sun is just a sample of the valuable Best Practices, Use Cases and Product Roadmap information available on-demand at ESB-CON II: Inside Innovative Integration.
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