Carnegie Mellon SEI and ESC Collaborate on SOA Migration Strategies

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SMART methodology identifies issues and creates solutions

Pittsburgh, PA, February 24, 2009 – The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) announced today a strategic relationship with the Electronic Systems Center (ESC) at Hanscom Air Force Base to become licensed as an SEI Partner in the SEI's SOA Migration, Reuse, and Adoption Technique (SMART). ESC is the first U.S. government organization to license the SEI's SMART methodology.

SMART, part of the SEI's Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Product Suite, helps organizations develop realistic strategies for the migration of legacy systems to SOA environments. By using SMART, ESC will be able to identify migration issues and create migration strategies to address these issues, including preliminary estimates of costs and risks involved.

The SEI will train and certify qualified ESC personnel to make initial decisions about the feasibility of reusing legacy components as services within a SOA through the SMART methodology.

"The Air Force is looking to transform its approach to information technology," said Electronic Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds. "We need to take advantage of services-oriented approaches and leverage broadly used commercial technology developed by small innovators and large IT providers. This requires a rigorous, comprehensive systems engineering process. ESC and the Air Force are pleased to be working in partnership with SEI to help develop the most effective approaches to all of this."

According to Gartner, 50% of new mission-critical operational applications and business processes were designed in 2007 around SOA, and that percentage will be more than 80% by 2010. For federal agencies, a large amount of information, including mission-critical information written in older programming languages, is housed in legacy-systems mainframe computers. And while the technologies to implement SOA will probably change over time, SOA as a concept will remain, and migrating legacy systems will continue to be difficult. SMART enables organizations to meet these challenges more effectively.

"Service-oriented architecture has become an increasingly popular mechanism for achieving interoperability between systems," said Paul Nielsen, CEO and director of the SEI. "Our goal with ESC is to provide ongoing customer coordination and support to ensure that their future work on migrating legacy systems to SOA environments achieves the goals of cost efficiency, agility, adaptability, and the leveraging of legacy investments."

Personnel will first be trained in the basic concepts of SOA and fundamentals for successfully implementing service-oriented systems in the SEI’s Migrating Legacy Systems to SOA Environments course. The course also addresses potential issues in leveraging legacy systems as services, as well as outlining the SMART methodology.

Next personnel will attend the SEI's SMART workshop. Individuals participating in the workshop will gain hands-on experience in SMART through activities and case studies. The realistic scenarios and exercises will allow personnel to go through the full SMART process to demonstrate their grasp of the concepts and their readiness to participate in field exercise pilots.

Finally, the SEI will lead a team of qualified personnel through certification using a simulation exercise to demonstrate the SMART implementation. Personnel successfully completing the exercise will then be certified by the SEI SMART team leads. The SMART team leads will be able to perform SMART deliveries to other groups to achieve systems interoperability and make decisions about reusing legacy components.

For more information about SMART, visit the SEI website at http://cmsauth.sei.cmu.edu/interoperability/tools/smart/index.cfm


About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at http://www.sei.cmu.edu.

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