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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

Down Periscope, Up SOA

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I've probably seen every World War II and Cold War submarine movie ever made, with their gripping dramas of stealth, danger, and in the case of WWII, men trapped within large sardine cans, riding out terrifying ordeals of undersea depth charges exploding all around them.  

Boy, if only they had service oriented architecture to help them get through it, right?

Well, it looks like the US Navy is turning to SOA-based approaches to make life easier for 21st Century submarine crews. According to a news release from Modus Operandi, an IT defense contractor, the Navy is designing and retrofitting submarines with improved sensors, weapons, and communications systems. Such advancements place stress on submarine system command and control personnel because of increased system complexity and increased quantity of information.

As part of this initiative, Modus Operandi will develop a semantic service-oriented framework to represent and fuse submarine sensor information and provide decision support -- the 'semantic glue' needed to fuse multi-source sensor data in a meaningful way. Called Wave-SOS technology, the Navy will be able to increase understanding of sensor data, thereby increasing their ability to identify threats with confidence.

Modus Operandi says its framework will serve as a semantic enhancement for service-oriented architectures such as the Navy SOA reference implementation, to accelerate the discovery and fusion of relevant multi-source intelligence and submarine sensor data.

Run Silent, Run Deep -- isn't that what SOA is all about?

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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