SSA Global Launches SSA Open Architecture 5.1, Delivering on Commitment to Service-Oriented Architecture

At its annual Global Client Forum in Orlando, FL, SSA Global (NASDAQ: SSAG), a leading provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, today announced the general availability of SSA Open Architecture 5.1, an open standards-based technology platform that gives customers a flexible path for implementing a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

With SSA Open Architecture, customers can achieve greater software interoperability and reduce the cost of implementing and maintaining information technology (IT). SSA Open Architecture enables organizations to be more agile, which is necessary to meet todays ever-changing business demands.

Weve developed SSA Open Architecture so customers can get the most value out of their current IT investment as they modernize their applications for enhanced business process management, said Cory A. Eaves, chief technology officer, SSA Global. By delivering an open, standards-based technology platform, we are helping customers avoid the long-term costs of proprietary technology platforms and instead cost-effectively capitalize on the business advantages of a service-oriented architecture.

As the latest version of SSA Globals technology architecture, SSA Open Architecture includes enhancements to SSA Portal Studio, SSA Collaboration Services and the new Eclipse-based SSA Studio for modeling and customizations. SSA Open Architecture features new unified user management and single sign-on capabilities, in addition to other administrative enhancements. SSA Global designed SSA Open Architecture so customers on its predecessor product, SSA Technology Architecture 5.0, can easily upgrade to the new product.

SSA Open Architecture is based on Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology. SSA Global is leveraging industry-leading IBM WebSphere infrastructure products to facilitate the ease with which customers can introduce new technologies.

One company using SSA Open Architecture is Royal Boskalis Westminster, a multi-faceted infrastructure company based in The Netherlands with operations worldwide. SSA Open Architecture allowed us to deploy a simplified composite application infrastructure for remote users to manage their projects, said Sjaak Stam, information and communications technologies manager, Royal Boskalis Westminster. This has provided better overall management visibility into our operations and gives our project teams a competitive edge.

SSA Global is leveraging service-oriented architectures in all product development. In addition, the applications of the recently acquired Boniva Software and pending acquisition, Epiphany, are based on a service-oriented architecture and have been built using J2EE technology.

Katherine Jones, research director, enterprise applications, Aberdeen Group, said, SSA Globals vision of moving all its portfolio offerings to a single J2EE-based service-oriented architecture is commendable. (Aberdeen Market Alert, 9th August 2005)

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