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HP Takes Collaborative Approach
CBI Is the Way to SOA for The Company
By: .NETDJ News Desk
Jul. 6, 2005 11:15 AM
Collaborative Business Infrastructure (CBI) is HP's strategic initiative that has established a standard, reusable framework for rapidly and effectively delivering integrated business solutions within and beyond the enterprise. In a new white paper authored by HP's Geoff Hoolahan, the concept is examined in detail.
The initial instance of CBI uses Microsoft's .NET technologies and is based on HP best practices from projects delivered internally and externally. It provides pre-architected and pre-integrated building blocks for rapid delivery of collaborative solutions. These building blocks cover the integration of applications, data, and business processes—via interaction with trading partner and existing enterprise systems—, and user interaction and collaboration supported by a CBI portal. CBI also provides a comprehensive, end-to-end security architecture and management framework, which draws on the HP OpenView family of software products, including Select Access, Business Process Insight (BPI), and SOA Manager.
A CBI-based solution will help customers adopt a more collaborative approach to working with trading partners, more rapidly realizing new business processes, and making more effective use of business critical data—all without major re-engineering of existing systems.
The CBI architecture embodies the key principles of HP's Adaptive Enterprise strategy: simplicity, by using pre-defined best practices and architectural patterns; standards for a common enterprise architecture; modularity for reusable system components; and integration to better link business and IT.
The focus of this white paper is to illustrate the importance of the Adaptive Enterprise principles in the design of business solutions. For details on the Adaptive Enterprise, see HP's Adaptive Enterprise web site. Key elements of an SOA provides more information about the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), on which the Adaptive Enterprise draws.
The IT industry analyst community has noted that the key to implementing SOA is the adoption of a different "way of thinking":
"While the concept of a service-oriented architecture has been considered a best practice by system architects for the past three decades, it is now being embraced by organizations everywhere as the key to business agility. But SOA doesn't come in a box, it's not a single technology and it doesn't render all problems solved. While SOA enables and even drives organizational change, it also requires executives, architects and programmers to think and act differently or simply find themselves in possession of new problems with few or no new benefits."
Many of the monolithic applications still around today were partly driven by IT's efforts to automate and replace entire business processes and reduce or eliminate manual participation. This drive to automate and make efficient is a trend of the past. This is not the aim of CBI. Instead, the intent of CBI solutions is to provide a set of services that complement and enhance existing business processes and empower people, usually the "knowledge workers" who carry them out.
This is the essence of the acronym—Collaborative Business Infrastructure—and it is to this end that consideration of the principles of Adaptive Enterprise can help.
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