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SOA within Three Months? Oz Company Shows the Way

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Dematic, a $1.5-billion global logistics company, recently replaced its core IT architecture in 72 days with a platform built on SOA and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), according to a report in CIO.

Sound implausible? The company's IT department was given a 90-day mandate to integrate its systems when Siemens sold the company to Germany-based Triton in late 2006. CIO Allan Davies said the company saved money by abolishing legacy systems which Davis said chewed up a considerable amount of cash.

"Our expense management system, hosted with Siemens, required four days a month of manual data entry into our enterprise management system," he said. "SOA lets us basically plug and play. I know how painful legacy systems are and this means we don't need to mess around because we need to be very responsive. We have a lot of feeds from our systems that have to be managed and we tended to write a lot of interfaces -- we have eliminated the legacy systems."

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more


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