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In today’s Web-driven environment, traditional enterprise boundaries are being fundamentally reshaped.  Enterprises can no longer survive just as largely self-contained silos. The success of an enterprise depends more and more on how well they are integrated with their business networks where hundreds of customers and partners each may require a unique relationship.  Enterprise SOA adoption is a critical part of business network transformation and provides a more flexible and agile approach for enterprises to offer specialized business services to interweaved business networks. A successful SOA adoption brings enterprises new levels of competitive differentiations and new revenue opportunities. 

Managing complexity: The SOA Management Challenges

The new level of agility and competitive differentiation fostered by SOA do not come free. They come with additional complexity especially for run time management which must be appropriately addressed.

 

From IT perspective, Web services technologies form the underpinning of SOA adoption, and as the usage of Web services increases, more and more sensitive business data may flow in and out the web and critical operational and performance problems can arise.  SOA management addresses the management challenges introduced by SOA. It provides the capabilities to safeguard, operate, and evolve an enterprise’s SOA runtime production environment.  

SAP Solution Manager and NWA are underpinnings for managing SAP enterprise services

SOA Management is best viewed as a solution, not a product by itself, and the overall solution may utilize the capabilities of several infrastructure products from multiple vendors to synergistically address the SOA management challenges.

SAP seeks to offer its customers the very best SOA management solutions. With thousands of high quality enterprise services delivered from SAP, customers can immediately reap the benefits of SAP’s proven design time governance that focuses on building alignment of SOA infrastructure with the key business processes. Once customers decide to put these enterprise services into production use in their own SOA landscape, they can leverage SAP Solution Manager and SAP NetWeaver Administrator as the cornerstones for runtime management of these enterprise services.

SAP Solution Manager is an industry standard ITIL based solution that provides first class application management capabilities, including growing features for managing the challenges and opportunities of SOA landscapes. With a consistent management approach for SOA and non-SOA components in a customer’s landscape, SAP Solution Manager ensures low TCO based on proven IT management best practices.

Where partners can complement SAP solution

In addition to the SOA management capabilities provided in SAP Solution Manager and SAP NetWeaver Administrator, SAP works closely via its Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) with its customers and leading SOA management vendors in defining integrated innovative solutions to address management challenge of customers’ highly heterogeneous SOA landscape.  

COIL is one of the newest communities of innovation that make up the SAP ecosystem. It serves as a hands-on working environment for SAP, its customers, and partners to execute joint projects, and work on proof of concepts, enabling them to discover and promote new business applications and technology solutions. Via the best practices and integrated solutions for SOA management developed in COIL, customers benefit from reduced integration costs and faster innovation cycles while gaining a new generation of highly agile and adaptable solutions. The cooperation between SAP and leading SOA management vendors gives customers the freedom to choose which solution fits best with their infrastructure.

Where to find more information on SOA Management

To gain a better understanding of the set of SOA management capabilities offered by SAP NetWeaver, the starting place should be the dedicated SDN area at http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/soa-management.

While still in processing of working with more SOA management vendors, COIL has  completed the first phase of projects with SOA software and SONOA systems. The focus of the completed phase is two-folded:

  • to design an integration architecture that requires none or minimum change to SAP components.
  • to validate the performance impact of the SOA management components on the overall SAP landscape  

 The reports have all the details. Without further ado, here are the URLs.

The key findings with SOA Software integration is reported here:  http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/9092fcd4-e595-2b10-96be-fd261ca27be9http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/servlet/prt/portal/prtroot/com.sap.km.cm.docs/library/uuid/9092fcd4-e595-2b10-96be-fd261ca27be9

The key findings with Sonoa Systems integration is reported here: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/70e03db1-e595-2b10-3f97-84c434e6440c

The key findings with Progress Actional integration is reported here:

http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/index?rid=/library/uuid/0061406c-cc58-2c10-b28b-cf807b6e4114

The experiences and key findings with Intel SOA Expressway is reported here:
Experiencing SOA Expressway –  a software appliance from Intel  

More reports may be expected from COIL as we are completing projects with more vendors.  Stay tuned.

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