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The 2012 Integrated Planning & Optimisation Summit (IPOS’12) is the premier event on the emerging topic of enterprise-wide decision support, and will attract some 300 delegates from various business sectors. The Summit is divided into a Technical and Business stream, covering critical topics on integrated planning and optimisation, with keynote presentations that will challenge your thinking about what’s possible and what the future will look like. The two streams examine the components that enable “integrated planning” and “optimisation”,
A key enabler of this the integration of accurate, real time information from a variety of internal and external systems.
Rubicon Red will present on how modern integration architectures are designed to simplify real-time information access across a wide range of systems. Establishing a competency for integrating these systems should be top of mind for any organization wanting to utilize optimization engines.
Using SOA to accelerate Integration
In the past most organizations have used point-to-point integration to wire together ‘siloed’ applications. Yet, key business processes cut across multiple “siloed” applications. Overtime, organizations end up with a tangled web (often referred to as integration spaghetti) of inter-dependency between systems. As this set of inter-dependencies grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain and change, not just the connections but the underlying systems, which can significantly impede an organizations ability to execute.
Service oriented architecture (SOA) has evolved to address these issues. With SOA, software applications are built as a set of modular, loosely coupled components, exposed as Web services. As such, we will only think of services and how those services (provided by multiple applications) can be assembled to build complete “composite” applications that can be quickly and easily modified to adapt to a continually evolving business environment.
A foundation for Process Automation
Using SOA to implement your integration capabilities, you will have the additional benefit of orchestrating and automating the steps of your supply chain into a seamless business process. This reduces your need to further customize existing applications, usually in ways that impact your ability to upgrade them or find skills to manage or support them.
Your new found capabilities will allow you to include decision support system tasks across a wide range of business processes. E.g if you have a Management of Change process that requires impact analysis on ‘what if’ scenarios, and your optimization engine is capable of providing these –your new SOA capability can easily take advantage of this.
Learn how to do get started…
While the promise of SOA is compelling, learning how to implement SOA based solution is not easy; as we need to change the mindset of how software is implemented within an organization. This requires taking a coordinated approach to the adoption of SOA across the enterprise, and providing guidelines and standards for the design of IT systems.
In this session you will gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of SOA, as well as the key to successful SOA adoption in your organization, including a recent SOA case study from a Bowen Basin asset belonging to the world’s largest diversified natural resources company.