SOA Software Accelerates Enterprise SOA with Advanced Planning Governance

Portfolio Manager delivers end to end service visibility, extensible validation framework and leading Enterprise Architecture reference models

Los Angeles, Calif., March 2, 2010— SOA Software, a leading SOA and Cloud Services Governance provider, announced today the availability of Portfolio Manager™ version 6.2.  Portfolio Manager™ is an innovative Planning Governance product that helps ensure the alignment of SOA Programs with strategic IT investment and business objectives, resulting in enterprises building the right services at the right time. Planning Governance is one of the most important aspects of SOA Governance. As SOA implementations mature and services thrive and proliferate in enterprises, planning stakeholders need to make sure that their SOA initiatives are aligned with their business and IT imperatives.  Portfolio Manager 6.2 makes it easier for enterprises to fortify their development and runtime governance with planning Governance.

SOA Governance is not complete without Planning Governance, as Planning Governance provides business context and prioritization for services under consideration.  Portfolio Manager automates this planning process and maintains these associations throughout the service lifecycle via its integration with SOA Software’s Development and Operational Governance solutions. The combination of Portfolio Manager™ along with Repository Manager™, Service Manager™ and Policy Manager™ enables enterprises to build the right services, build their services the right way, and operate their services correctly.

“Portfolio Manager™ makes it easier for enterprises to incorporate planning governance into their SOA initiatives,” said Brent Carlson, SVP of Technology of SOA Software, “Portfolio Manager brings unprecedented end to end service visibility and traceability from business strategy all the way down to runtime implementation.”

Key benefits and features for Portfolio Manager 6.2 include:

Browser based SOA Portfolio Management Impact Analysis
Portfolio Manager 6.2 can dynamically generate visual maps of the interrelationships between enterprise business imperatives and the associated candidate services inside the browser. This visualization capability is a powerful tool for SOA planners and stakeholders to analyze inter-dependencies and discover gaps in the current service portfolio with respect to business strategy and imperatives. Understanding these relationships and gaps early in the planning process can result in a better allocation of resources to achieve optimal ROI from SOA initiatives.

Enhanced Search Capabilities
For effective service portfolio management, business stakeholders must be able to quickly and easily locate existing business capabilities and associated service candidates using industry and enterprise specific vocabulary. Portfolio Manager 6.2 has been enhanced with a configurable XML based search technology that presents powerful search options to the end user while shielding them from having to specify complex search rules.

Support for Standard Enterprise Architecture Planning Reference Models
Portfolio Manager can be easily customized to fit SOA portfolio management into existing enterprise architecture planning methodologies and reference models.  Portfolio Manager 6.2 accelerates SOA adoption by providing inbuilt support for leading Enterprise Architecture reference models such as the Zachman Framework, Federal Enterprise Architecture, ITL, APQC PCF and others.

Service Planning Validation Framework
Portfolio Manager 6.2 adds an extensible validation framework with sophisticated prebuilt validators. Customers can easily define conditional validation rules on any aspect of service planning information. For Instance, they can enforce that candidate services are prioritized before they can be approved for further analysis and implementation, or enforce that candidate services are associated with one or more business capabilities. These rules are enforced at the time planning information is edited; ensuring only valid planning information is shared across the enterprise thereby increasing the trust in planning information’s accuracy and completeness.

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