Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
See below for a list of independently written IBS Journal news and feature articles and IBS Intelligence Research vendor profiles, case studies and market analysis related to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in order of publication date.
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The concept of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) approach to IT has evolved over the last few years although it could be said that much of what it encapsulates was already being practised by some developers. At its heart is the concept of exposing back-end functionality as services, with these called and used by different parts of the business as required. This approach, involving the adoption of more generic services, should bring standardisation and reuse. Typically, an SOA includes a middleware layer – an Enterprise Services Bus (ESB) – which manages the flow of services and data.
An SOA should be IT agnostic and should allow existing applications as well as new ones to be embraced. Legacy systems are often said to have an ‘SOA wrapper’, allowing their functionality to be exposed as services and ensuring that existing investments can be protected, while also potentially easing the way to replacement over time.
It is now almost impossible to find a software supplier which does not have an SOA strategy or to claim an SOA approach for its applications. There is a great deal of hype and stretching of definitions, but the concepts fit well with the enterprise architecture strategies of some banks and there are potentially real business benefits to be had. At the same time, there are the types of issues associated with any such emerging area, including lack of resources, lack of standards (albeit with a couple of banking-specific bodies set up to define services for this sector), and the afore-mentioned hype.
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04 April 2013
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06 March 2013
Denmark-based financial mutual, Nykredit, the country's top lender, proves that being the first taker of a system in the country does not necessarily equate to problems, delays and overspending.
20 December 2012
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08 November 2012
The industry initiative, BIAN, has gained a couple of additional banks as members, comprising Bangkok Bank (its first in Asia) and Erste Bank. Also coming on board is TCS Financial Solutions and consulting company, Axxiome. BIAN has also signed a...
06 November 2012
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18 September 2012
Oracle has officially unveiled its new core banking system. The focus is on tier one banks and there is a live site in the form of NAB start-up, UBank. Another Australian player, Suncorp, is also involved.
03 September 2012
When FHB Bank in Hungary decided to move from being a mortgage specialist to a broader bank, it had some tough system decisions. It now has Oracle FSS's Flexcube alongside SAP's lending system at its heart, within an SOA environment.
19 June 2012
Lebanon-based Bank of Beirut is modernising its technology at home and globally with Misys' Bankfusion Universal Banking, Trade Innovation, and Misys Sophis' Value and Risque solutions.
07 June 2012
New members are waiting in the wings as BIAN forges industry partnerships. It is set to deliver its latest Service Landscape later this month.
10 May 2012
Urbis had disappeared from view in the core banking space but Unisys has now made a .Net version available. Can the system find a first new customer since 2003?
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09 May 2012
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22 March 2012
Oracle is developing a brand new core banking offering, code-named the 'New Generation Banking' system. J2EE and Fusion-based, what would this mean for users of its existing Flexcube flagship?
02 February 2012
Despite a failed core banking system replacement, the largest bank in Turkey is forging ahead on many fronts. Channels are a focus but so too improved efficiency, particularly through SOA and 'wide-area business process management'. IBS spoke to CIO,...
24 January 2012
It has taken a long while but IBM has finally joined BIAN, the industry body defining common services for use in a SOA environment. Whether IBM will now throw any of its own models into the mix remains to be seen.
27 September 2011
National Bank of Kuwait has selected ACI's Money Transfer System to replace an in-house system and IBM's Merva. The bank is an advocate of a Service Oriented Architecture approach and will incorporate MTS using its I-HUB integration layer.
05 August 2011
Banking standards body, BIAN, has recruited its first North American and Asia Pacific banking members, Scotiabank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Rabobank and ACI Worldwide are also new recruits. More banks are urged to join to prevent...
22 July 2011
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Article: Polaris Software signs Reserve Bank of India for Intellect core system; pursues opportunities in Europe and US
01 June 2011
Activity for India-based Polaris Software in the central bank sector is gathering momentum. It has scored a $55 million deal for core software with Reserve Bank of India and is participating in selection processes in Europe and the US.
19 April 2011
Misys head of treasury and capital markets (TCM) business talks to IBS about Q3 results, integration with recently acquired Sophis and a roadmap for both companies' systems.
17 November 2010
The new Misys CTO, Robin Crewe, envisages full componentisation of the vendor's treasury and capital markets (TCM) offerings, including risk management products and the two fresh additions from the acquisition of Sophis, Risque and Value.
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15 September 2010
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19 May 2010
Standards body, BIAN, has gained Unicredit and Capital Banking Solutions as new members but the initiative remains Europe-centric and seems to be moving slowly.
16 November 2009
SaaS comes to BoA ML's payments infrastructure. The payments space used to be one characterised by lots of talk but little action. That has all changed. In the new world order, where transaction banking is king once more, payments has...
10 November 2009
Bottomline is offering support for Web 2.0 and SOA as part of its Global Cash Management platform.
04 November 2009
GE Money Bank in France has opted for the V.Bank solution from French supplier, Viveo, to support its move into savings and deposits accounts. The shortlist came down to V.Bank and Oracle FSS's Flexcube.
16 September 2009
Kazakhstan-based Kazinvestbank (KIB) is now looking into replacing its in-house developed core banking system with an international offering, following its successful implementation of 3i Infotech's Kastle Universal Lending.
28 May 2009
Indra, the Spanish IT services firm, has reached a significant milestone in its project at Caja Madrid, the fourth largest savings bank in Europe, to build a new core system from scratch.
28 May 2009
Is optimising technology and reducing IT-related costs a Catch 22? On the one hand, to optimise the IT and business processes a bank needs to splash out on the relevant technology, but on the other hand, without this spending the set goals are hardly...
28 May 2009
Banque Libano-Française is nearing completion of its Temenos T24 implementation, with a go-live scheduled for 20th July. According to the bank's head of information systems, Ghassan Sawaya, 'business requirements are done, all the test cases are ...
28 May 2009
ING is weathering the storm better than some but its head of IT and ops, Steve Van Wyk, has plenty on his plate. There are a couple of major undertakings, an overall transformation project including some serious process reengineering, and the need to...
28 May 2009
There has been a lot of buzz around Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Business Process Management (BPM) for the last few years. Although a report from Gartner, issued in late 2006, predicted that the convergence of SOA and BPM may not fully...
28 April 2009
The Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) is set to publish its initial deliverables in June, somewhat over a year after it was spun out of an SAP-led initiative.
31 March 2009
The long-running evolution of Polaris' broad Citibank-derived software offerings is set to culminate in a new release to be announced this month and a cut-over in a first site in June.
31 March 2009
Has the financial crisis killed off the enterprise-wide coming together of risk management and finance, or has the wake-up call been sufficient to prompt banks to press on towards such a vision?
02 February 2009
Kuwaiti vendor, International Turnkey Solutions (ITS), has developed a new Islamic banking platform. The product, called Ethix, is already live and has been tested in a live environment with some of the vendor's customers.
29 October 2008
Moscow-based Renaissance Credit has cut-over to Fidelity's Profile core system and is starting to see gains from its Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) strategy.
02 October 2008
The revamp of TCS Financial Solutions' banking systems suite is taking shape. A reworked channel offering is on the way which will embrace Web 2.0.
02 October 2008
Wachovia has adopted a radically different approach to its recent systems development, with the results starting to become apparent. IBS took an early look.
30 May 2008
Two banks on either side of the world – Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and ATB Financial in Canada – have settled on SAP solutions for wide-ranging transformation projects.
30 May 2008
Misys has had a clutch of breakthroughs of late in the Middle East, with core systems at Masraf Al Rayan in Qatar and Oaman Arab Bank, and with Trade Innovation at Dubai Bank.
30 May 2008
SAP's SOA-oriented grouping, the IVN, was turned into an independent body at the end of April. IBS was in attendance at the kick-off meeting in Frankfurt, and spoke to the main instigators.
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