It's been an exciting month at IONA. First IONA acquired C24 and therefore strengthened both its technology in terms of data services including transformation, but also it's penetration in the financial services industry. Then this week IONA announced availability of a new product Artix™ Registry/Repository which I believe will have a major impact on how companies will view SOA governance.
The C24 acquisition improves IONA's position in the financial services (FS) sector. Artix has been doing quite will in FS because of it's ability to help large FS organizations reuse and interoperate their many IT infrastructure investments. So it's not unusual to see Artix being used to bridge between different technology gaps in trading systems etc. What C24 brings is support for so many of the standard types of message formats that move across these various infrastructure technologies, power transformation engines to support these formats, and of course some customers that have invested in C24 products. Artix Data Services will be a very powerful tool in IONA's SOA story.
Artix™ Registry/Repository is a very powerful innovation for SOAs. I was fortunate to get an early preview of this in Dublin in January and was very impressed with the vision and capabilities. The idea here is that in a distributed SOA infrastructure organizations need a much better handle on design-time, deploy-time and run-time governance. Whereas SOA management technologies, such as Amberpoint, help monitor and manage the flow of messages and data across your SOA, Artix™ Registry/Repository helps insure that the policies on those endpoints are up-to-date and valid. Artix™ Registry/Repository helps designers pull together the policies and configuration of endpoints, and then insure that those policies are maintained. New versions of policies can be pushed to appropriate endpoints and endpoint groupings. Endpoints can notify the repository of policy changes and so central governance can be maintained. So the repository is not just a static collection of metadata but is really the control center for your distributed SOA infrastructure.