Within a strategic SOA, the most important layer is the business service one -- the inventory of SOA-based services that deliver your core business capabilities in a modular, incrementally composable way that is ready for connection to any business process, partner, supplier, or customer. SOA and Web services management solutions apply enterprise management concepts to this service interface layer, delivering flexibility by enforcing policy and monitoring activity for service requests before they are delivered to the business logic of the service.
One can obtain SOA management capabilities from dedicated products or from features embedded in other products. To assess the state of the SOA management market and see how the solutions stack up against one another, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top SOA management vendors across 106 criteria. The result: Two pure-play SOA vendors, AmberPoint and Actional (recently acquired by Sonic Software), lead the pack, but platform vendors like CA, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, TIBCO Software, and webMethods also have much to offer.
The acquisition of Amberpoint by Sonic Software is just one of a series of transactions that are driving the consolidation of the SOA infrastructure market, which also includes CA-Adjoin, IBM-DataPower, Mercury-Systinet, and HP-Talking Blocks. Use this Forrester Wave to better understand the dynamics of this part of the market, as well as to choose a solution.
The Forrester Wave™ SOA And Web Services Management, Q1 2006