Making SOA work in a healthcare company

Jay Blanton, Steve Leski, Brian Nicks, Traian Tirzaman
2009 Proceeding of the 24th ACM SIGPLAN conference companion on Object oriented programming systems languages and applications - OOPSLA '09  
Making SOA work in a large and diverse healthcare company is not just about bridging the gap between business and IT. It is also about bridging the gap between the technologies of yesterday, today and tomorrow. As Health Net has grown by acquiring other entities, we have acquired a landscape of diverse assets written with many languages, hosted on many platforms. These range from Java on WebLogic to .Net to RPG on iSeries to CICS on zSeries to COBOL on OpenVMS. Integrating these systems goes
more » ... ond simple business services. Successful integration ultimately requires elevating IT teams to the vision of a SOA enterprise as defined by an enterprise reference architecture. Educating our IT project teams in the fundamentals of SOA design and development has involved special approaches and a commitment to mentoring and continuous education in the enterprise. This discussion covers some of the challenges, successes, and lessons learned that we have encountered in bringing SOA to Health Net.
doi:10.1145/1639950.1639953 dblp:conf/oopsla/BlantonLNT09 fatcat:6xz5cffo7bdehcjj3y3rb4dhyy