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Mercury Announces new BTO Products to Reduce SOA Business Risk

  • 10 October, 2006 08:34

<p>• Releases New Version of Systinet 2
• Announces New Mercury SOA Quality Products
• Unveils SOA Management Capabilities
• Delivers New Integrations to Help Deliver Business
Outcomes Across SOA Lifecycle</p>
<p>Today, Mercury Interactive Corporation (OTC: MERQ), the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, announced a set of new service oriented architecture (SOA) offerings and product integrations designed to reduce SOA business risk to an audience of more than 3,000 IT professionals and decision makers at Mercury World 2006.</p>
<p>As part of its BTO strategy for SOA (See press release, “Mercury Unveils BTO Strategy for Service Oriented Architecture,” October 9, 2006.), Mercury launched a new version of Systinet 2™, new testing products including Mercury Service Test™ and Mercury Service Test Management™, and new capabilities for SOA management. Mercury’s new SOA governance, quality and management products and integrations help customers reduce business risk across the SOA lifecycle. Customers can take a flexible and incremental approach to deploying Mercury SOA products based on their business priorities, budgets and tolerance for risk.</p>
<p>“Mercury is unique in our ability to provide an integrated set of SOA governance, quality and management offerings that help customers manage the SOA lifecycle from demand through production,” said Avrami Tzur, vice president of SOA products at Mercury. “Customers are adopting products that help them tackle the toughest challenges they have in reducing risk and delivering measurable, consistent business results from SOA.”</p>
<p>“Mercury has one of the most complete pictures of how to leverage SOA governance, quality and management in production together to drive SOA results across the lifecycle,” said Jason Bloomberg, senior analyst at ZapThink. “The Mercury and Systinet products are a powerful combination and create a force to contend with in the SOA market.”</p>
<p>By utilizing Mercury’s BTO offerings for SOA governance, quality and management, customers can establish a low-risk, highly controlled and business-centric SOA foundation.</p>
<p>Mercury SOA Governance
One of the most fundamental building blocks to reduce risk and gain the business benefits of SOA is establishing a SOA governance foundation. Organizations use SOA governance to gain control of ad-hoc services that do not meet compliance standards and business requirements, and cannot be reused consistently throughout the enterprise. Optimizing SOA governance requires customers to establish a system of record that provides visibility into the services in their SOA environment, create a relationship of trust between providers and consumers of services, and secure control over which services are built and released into the production environment.</p>
<p>Today, Mercury announced a new version of Systinet 2, the industry standard for SOA governance. Systinet 2 includes a registry and repository and a rich set of governance capabilities, including service publishing and discovery, policy management, contract management, interoperability and lifecycle management. Mercury’s new Systinet 2 offering provides a “system of record” for SOA and an integrated suite of applications for establishing the visibility, trust and control necessary to achieve positive business outcomes from SOA.</p>
<p>New features and capabilities of Systinet 2 from Mercury include:
• New customizable dashboards enable users to easily configure views of the SOA environment and gain greater visibility and access to critical SOA data. Using the Systinet 2 dashboard, customers can configure a single view of all new services, deployed services, service availability and services changes. Customers can establish visibility over all service policies and compliance status and track service approvals and requests. The Systinet 2 dashboard can also be configured to provide role-specific views ranging from executive summaries to the details that SOA architects need to make their day-to-day decisions;
• New out-of-the-box reports for key SOA functions such as service lifecycle reporting, reusability, consumption, quality and relationship dependencies. Systinet 2 reporting enables customers to quickly and easily provide updates on key SOA metrics and customize reports based on specific business requirements;
• Enhanced Really-Simple-Syndication (RSS) capabilities to help more efficiently distribute key SOA information such as new services, new subscribers and the status and availability of services to SOA stakeholders. Systinet 2 RSS enhancements enable more timely distribution of critical information to key stakeholders such as enterprise architects and operations managers, increasing the speed of decisions, and enabling collaboration in managing and evolving the SOA environment;
• A new customizable user interface helps intuitively guide users through a consistent process for service planning, service discovery, policy management and service consumption processes; and
• New service taxonomy management functionality helps customers easily categorize, label and organize services based on business and technical priorities and requirements. This allows companies to organize specific service configurations based on the unique requirements of a vertical industry, application and architecture domains, or mission criticality of a service. Systinet 2 taxonomy management helps customers quickly and efficiently organize and manage their SOA services, configurations and information.</p>
<p>Mercury SOA Quality
Organizations preparing to deploy SOA must establish a trusted platform for managing the SOA quality process, including managing service test requirements, plans, scripts, and execution. Testing services is critical to reduce the risk of low-quality, poor-performing services from being randomly thrown into production and creating an epidemic of business problems.</p>
<p>Organizations struggle to test services because quality assurance (QA) teams have limited visibility into the services being created and the policies that define them. QA teams can also be overwhelmed by the manual work required to build and test the exponential number of functions, interrelationships and requirements between services and the applications they support. Also, services can be difficult to test because they do not have a graphical user interface (GUI). Unfortunately, many companies have had to rely on first-generation products that fail to combine policy visibility, process management, and functional and load test generation.</p>
<p>Mercury is addressing this challenge by launching two new SOA quality offering, Mercury Service Test and Mercury Service Test Management. By leveraging Mercury’s market leading quality management products and its industry-standard SOA governance offering, customers can establish a critical link in the SOA lifecycle to help deliver high quality services that will perform to meet the needs of the business.</p>
<p>Mercury Service Test Management provides a breakthrough approach to managing the process of testing new services and service changes. As an integrated module of Mercury Quality Center, customers can leverage this new module to perform service test planning, execution, defect evaluation and analytics. Mercury’s new offering enables SOA quality teams to:</p>
<p> Conduct service tests for both technical and business functionality;
 Integrate the service testing process with the overall application quality management process;
 Automatically import services from the Systinet Registry to create test requirements and plans;
 Generate test cases based on service changes made in the Systinet Registry.</p>
<p>Mercury Service Test is the industry’s first product that can conduct both functional and performance tests for services. Built with industry-leading Mercury LoadRunner™ technology, this new product can greatly reduce testing time and help assure customers that services will meet the functional and performance requirements of the business before being deployed into production. This new Mercury offering enables customers to:</p>
<p> Automatically generate tests for services that do not have a GUI;
 Conduct comprehensive range of service testing including functional testing, boundary testing extending beyond WSDL parameters, compliance testing based on industry WS-I or enterprise standards, and interoperability testing for various platforms in a heterogeneous environment;
 Delivers service emulation capabilities that allow testers to get started early, before services are actually built; and
 Provides comprehensive protocol coverage such as web services over JMS and HTTP including asynchronous testing.</p>
<p>Mercury SOA Management
Organizations with web services and SOA projects in production need to establish a comprehensive way to monitor and manage services. Any IT change can possibly disrupt the delicate interrelationships between the multiple combinations of services that are integrated with business-critical composite applications. These disruptions can create a cascading series of application problems in production. Mercury SOA management is critical for customers to control and manage changes to prevent damage to SOA-based applications and to identify and resolve SOA-based problems before they negatively impact the business.</p>
<p>Mercury is addressing these challenges by announcing SOA management capabilities in Mercury Business Availability Center™. Mercury Business Availability Center is designed to enable customers to manage and monitor web services, application availability and performance in production, including service level management, advanced application problem resolution and diagnostics and dynamic application mapping.</p>
<p>Mercury Business Availability Center helps customers manage SOA-based applications and services in production by providing:</p>
<p> Integration with Systinet Registry™ and Mercury Application Mapping™, automatically discovers new services that are registered as well as detecting unregistered “rogue” services that do not comply with defined governance policies for services in production;
 Unique discovery and application mapping capabilities that enable customers to automatically correlate the complex relationships and interdependencies between services, applications and infrastructure components, as well as identify changes to services in production, to save time and improve accuracy for problem resolution;
 Robust web services monitoring capabilities to provide real-time updates on the health, availability and performance of services, composite applications and related infrastructure and application components;
 Powerful problem resolution and diagnostics capabilities to enable customers to get an early warning of a service or SOA-based application problem, identify what area of the business may be impacted by the problem and fix the problem before it impacts the business;
 Comprehensive SOA management console that provides detailed service level management reporting that enables customers to monitor the specific business requirements, agreements and processes that SOA services and applications support; and
 Integration with Mercury LoadRunner to leverage both testing and live production performance data to expedite problem resolution and manage the performance lifecycle for services.</p>
<p>Customer Adoption of Mercury BTO Strategy for SOA
“As one of the nation's largest diversified financial services companies, Wachovia has made great strides in implementing its Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) initiatives,” said Harry Karr, IT Architect at Wachovia. “To be successful at SOA, a comprehensive set of products are required such as a registry/repository, and testing and lifecycle management. Mercury has the most complete set of these Service Oriented Architecture products in the market today. Their vision for the future is right on track with our needs for solutions."</p>
<p>“SOA governance and lifecycle management is essential to ensure successful adoption and reuse,” said Kris Zywicki, enterprise architect at Dow Corning Corporation. “Systinet 2 provides the visibility, trust and control we needed to maximize the advantages of SOA while guarding against potential risks.”</p>
<p>“At Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, information is our business,” said Ben Hastings, senior technical lead for capacity and performance services at Elsevier. “Three years into our SOA migration process, we have learned a great deal about SOA, including the need to manage service performance, which is an organization-wide concern. Mercury offerings help us manage the performance of our services across the lifecycle from development and QA to production.”</p>
<p>“The communications industry is highly dynamic, and as the leading cellular communications operator in Israel, Cellcom adopted SOA to help us be nimble and competitive,” said Lipa Ogman, CTO &amp; head of Technology Division, Cellcom Israel Ltd. “The quality of the services we provide determines the success of our SOA efforts. Testing our web services with Mercury LoadRunner gives us confidence that they will meet our business performance goals in production. Mercury’s new SOA quality offerings, Mercury Service Test and Mercury Service Test Management, can help us test our services faster and more thoroughly, reduce manual efforts and provide better documentation of our services.”</p>
<p>“As a leading North American provider of check processing, payment processing, statement production and document management services for the financial services industry, Symcor takes pride in meeting new industry challenges by providing our clients with innovative services and exceptional performance," says Doug LaRose, vice president, Application Support. "The deployment of Mercury’s LoadRunner SOA bundle enables us to efficiently carry out performance and load testing of our Web Services. This gives us the confidence to release our Web service products into production, knowing that they will meet our performance and business goals.”</p>
<p>Mercury SOA Product Availability
Systinet 2 version 2.1, Mercury Service Test 8.1 and Mercury Business Availability Center versions 6.2 are all currently available and can each be purchased as a standalone product. Mercury Service Test Management, a new integrated module within Mercury Quality Center 9.0, is also available today.</p>

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