Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Service oriented architecture for Government

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has issued a Request for Tender for Service oriented architecture stack and related services. There is a detailed 17 page statement of requirements document available online to potential tenderers. This includes the philosophy behind ASIC's intended use of SOA and an OSA overview, which would be worth reading for others thinking about applying SOA.

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ASIC is seeking to engage a prime contractor to provide:
(i) a complete SOA Stack which meets the requirements set out in the Statement of Requirements and the Function and Performance Specifications;
(ii) support to install, configure and test the SOA Stack;
(iii) diagnostic support and testing to identify any infrastructure impediments to deploying the SOA Stack;
(iv) identification of ASIC full time equivalents (FTEs) and roles required to sustain support for the SOA Stack;
(v) a training / development roadmap for the ASIC FTEs and roles required to sustain support for the SOA Stack; and
(vi) an onsite maintenance and support contract for an initial 12 month period for components in use (including in development / test environments). ...

From: Service oriented architecture stack and related services, ATM ID ISP2008/14961, Agency Australian Securities and Investments Commission, 5-Aug-2008

1.Introduction 5
  • 1.1Purpose 5
  • 1.2Referred documents 5
  • 1.3Background 5
  • 1.4Context 5
  • 1.5ASIC technical environment 8
  • 1.6Schedule and major milestones 9
2.Conceptual architecture overview 10
3.Scope of Services 12
  • 3.2Evaluation pilot 13
  • 3.3Reporting requirements 13
  • 3.4Technology forecast and upgrades – Tenderers to provide 14
4.Testing and acceptance 14
  • 4.1General testing requirements 14
  • 4.2Testbed and test equipment 15
5.System support 15
  • 5.1Support definitions 15
  • 5.2Remote access 15
  • 5.3Support requirements - Dev/test 15
  • 5.4Support requirements - Production/DR 15
  • 5.5Timeframes for support 15
  • 5.6Support planning 16
  • 5.7Problem management and reporting 16
6.Training and documentation 16
  • 6.1Training 16
  • 6.2Training planning 16
  • 6.3Training scope 17
  • 6.4Training documentation 17
  • 6.5Publications and manuals 17
7.Security 17
  • 7.1Requirements

From: SOA Table of Contents, ATM ID ISP2008/14961, Agency Australian Securities and Investments Commission, 5-Aug-2008

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Rethinking business process management

CSIRO's ICT Center is having a talk by Professor Benatallah on From Business Processes to Service-based Process Spaces, 25 March at ANU in Canberra. IP Australia issued a request for tender for Services Oriented Architecture components on 20 March. It would be interesting to apply Professor Benatallah's techniques to that project.


From Business Processes to Service-based Process Spaces
Professor Boualem Benatallah (CSE, UNSW)
DATE: 2008-03-25
TIME: 14:00:00 - 15:00:00 ...

Over the last decade, capabilities arising from advances in online technologies, especially Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), enabled enterprises to increase productivity, simplify automation, and extend business to locations far beyond their normal operations. Enterprises also embraced emergent process-aware services that enabled automation to gain more visibility in process executions.

The focus of process improvement has expanded to include monitoring, analysis and understanding of business processes. Now, at all levels, business process monitoring and management is firmly recognised as a strategic priority for modern enterprises. However, while business process management and monitoring have enabled enterprises to increase efficiency, new usability challenges have also emerged. These challenges are increasing the pressure for enterprises to look at business processes from an end user's perspective.

In this talk, we propose Process Views as new abstractions focusing on re-conceptualising the form and function of existing business process management systems to create a new generation of service and process-centric systems to better support the management of personal, ad-hoc, and as well as structured business processes over multiple applications and data sources.

We further define and propose Process Spaces as a new research agenda for the business process research community. The term Process Space refers to the superimposition of Process Views over heterogeneous IT systems for the purposes of simplifying access to multiple applications and data sources and to provide the means to manage process views in a unified and flexible manner.

From: From Business Processes to Service-based Process Spaces, CSIRO, 2008

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