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SOA on the frontlines

A compilation of articles about companies that have adopted SOA to improve their business infrastructures.

As a great number of end users undertake SOA, Web services and Ajax projects, it provides the chance for more stories of success and failure to be told. Rather than make you search all over our site to find these user stories, we at have pulled them together in one place for easy reference. Make sure to return here on a frequent basis as new user profiles will be appearing on a regular basis.

Wall St. looks to capitalize on SOA
A Citigroup enterprise architect makes the case that SOA isn't an IT initiative to be managed, rather it's management initiative to bring IT into alignment with the business. Read more here.

A secure SOA takes MedicAlert from bracelets to USB devices
MedicAlert members can access and update their critical medical information over the Internet — securely – and carry it with them on a keychain. Read more here.

British American Tobacco builds bridge from SOA to SAP
British American Tobacco, while committed to SAP's ESA roadmap, can't delay its SOA strategy for NetWeaver deliverables, so it works to get vendors "pulling in the same direction." Read more here.

A tale of two SOAs
Centralized governance and management, as well as cross-organizational reusability, lie at the heart of ongoing projects at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Starwood Hotels. Read more here.

Making SOA easy to use
Quick assembly and simplified reusability ranked at the top of the list when Pearson Education installed an enterprise service bus to blend two critical collegiate course applications. Read more here.

Covad: SOA scary, slow and worth it
Speaking at the BEAWorld conference, Covad Communications architect Jeff Davies painted a sober picture of what it takes to build a service-oriented architecture. Read more here.

Web services open for business
An Indiana credit union and San Diego defense contractor don't have much in common, except that both have figured out ways to build Web services and recompose them to meet diverse business processes. Read more here.

JetBlue enters SOA airspace
JetBlue Airways is spearheading a new Web services initiative that will include a registry, management and security backbone for its SOA. Read more here.

Rockwell Collins taps XML security appliance for services foundation
The global aviation electronics manufacturer meets its high-security requirements with Reactivity's gateways. Read more here.

Fireman's Fund builds an SOA with Big Blue
The casualty insurer has signed a 10-year SOA contract with IBM and expects a $200 billion return on investment as it uses the technology to differentiate itself from its competitors. Read more here.

H&R Block Financial Advisors cut ties that bind
H&R Block Financial Advisors' plug-and-play SOA achieves freedom of choice and product independence. Read more here.

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