HP, EDS Expand SOA Outsourcing

In the wake of HP's $13.9 billion buyout of EDS, we're learning a bit more about how HP intends to expand SOA outsourcing options, especially for helping enterprise SOAize their legacy data, applications and pointtopoint integration architectures.

Tags: SOA, EDS, Outsourcing, Legacy, Integration, Applications, ZapNotes,

The transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2008, could more than double HP's services revenue, to more than $32 billion.

"Together, we will be a stronger business partner, delivering customers the broadest, most competitive portfolio of products and services in the industry," said Mark Hurd, HP's chairman and CEO, in a statement. "This reinforces our commitment to help customers manage and transform their technology to achieve better results."

As to the SOA play, "Enterprise integration is key to enabling SOA," EDS said in a paper released in midMay. " By synchronizing data in disparate systems, applications work together better. In turn, your ability to gather, analyze and use data dramatically increases. Look no further than EDS for the management knowledge, IT outsourcing experience and applications crucial for incorporating your legacy systems into a serviceoriented architecture. .

EDS' SOA toolkit has 100+ assets of reusable intellectual capital honed through hundreds of fieldproven integration projects. For more on EDS SOA tools, see http://www.eds.com/services/integration/

EDS views its SOA consulting work in the context of its role as an IT service provider, and the company leverages its knowledge to expand its offerings to outsourcing clients, and SOA is the best way to do that, according to Zapthink's ZapNotes.

Because of EDS's legacy expertise, it is interested in exposing legacy data and functionality within an SOA, according to Zapthink's ZapNotes. EDS focuses on new technologies, products, and approaches that extend mainframe and other legacy systems to provide SOA capability, according to Zapthink's ZapNotes.

In their formal merger announcement, HP and EDS noted this about services: "The combined companies will deliver the following services: IT outsourcing, including data center services, workplace services, networking services and managed security business process outsourcing, including health claims, financial processing, CRM and HR outsourcing applications, including development, modernization and management consulting and integration and technology services."