California Department of Water Resources SOA Project Recognized for Excellence in Deployment

SOA Software Customer Named a Finalist in Best Deployment Awards

Los Angeles, CA –  May 3rd, 2011– SOA Software, a leading SOA and Cloud Services Governance provider, announced today that State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR)  received the award recognition in the “Best Deployments” category for the role SOA Software products played of a comprehensive Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform.

“Implementation is where the rubber hits the road with SOA,” said Tim Garza, CIO of the State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR).  “SOA Software backs up its products with outstanding follow-through in the deployment phase of a major SOA initiative.  They are very deserving of recognition for this most important aspect of the enterprise software business.”

The State of California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is the operator of the State Water Project, the largest State-built multipurpose project in the United States.  Garza, along with Chief IT Architect Steve Croft, undertook a large-scale push to move the agency from a set of application silos to a platform where IT functionality can be shared within the entire enterprise.  Their IT group accomplished this objective by leveraging the SOA paradigm and enterprise services to create an agile and efficient infrastructure.  This allows DWR to respond rapidly to new State and Federal requirements, delivering new applications quickly and inexpensively.  In the process, DWR replaced or upgraded several core systems and implemented a comprehensive SOA Platform featuring “best of breed” SOA infrastructure elements:

  • SOA Software’s Policy Manager for registry/repository, policy management, consumer contract provision and lifecycle management
  • SOA Software’s Network Director for service virtualization, routing, security, service-level management, and auditing
  • JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform as an adapter framework and underlying reliable messaging infrastructure

The deployment of such a sophisticated solution was quite challenging. Yet, the DWR’s well-implemented SOA Governance solution and SOA Platform has already more than paid for itself.  By exposing the organization’s data as services and normalizing the services through its SOA Platform, DWR is able to abstract the application logic from the data. As a result, development time and cost of the application have been reduced by more than half.  DWR information technology shop is also offering its SOA Platform as a service to other department business areas and Natural Resources Agency partners that have developed their own services locally. These areas need ways to offer their services to business partners and other agencies statewide. In the past they would have to hard code access, logging, and management capabilities for each connection, often creating more than 10 different versions of each service to satisfy the needs of their consumers. Using DWR’s SOA Platform to virtualize their services and provide these infrastructure capabilities they can create a single service consumable by multiple agencies and partners. Using the virtual service infrastructure, this cost per consumer effort is eliminated, reducing the overall development cost significantly. Read the complete Case Study.

“Implementing SOA governance is one of the keys to a success deployment of an SOA platform,” said Roberto Medrano, Executive VP of SOA Software.  “We’ve seen this again and again in our work with global enterprises.  We are pleased and honored to have our dedication to deployment excellence acknowledged through this award.”

The Hot Companies and Best Product awards were created to honor and generate industry wide recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and IT professionals worldwide in every area.  The awards are administered by Network Products Guide, the industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide. To learn more, visit www.networkproductsguide.com.

 

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