Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Planes, trains, and snowmobiles.
Here's a pretty cool story about how a manufacturing company straightened out their systems with SOA. Bombardier is a manufacturer of aircraft, trains, and ski-doos. They use solutions from SAP, NetWeaver, Documentum, Sun, CA, and many other providers, and by 2003, they had a big problem: The systems just didn't play well together.
They decided to start integrating their back end systems, and by last Spring, they had 100 different interfaces using different protocols and messaging formats. I first read about it in IT Business months ago. I can't wait to hear how the next phase goes.