ONTRACK plans SOA shift for 2008

New architecture and strategic plan to address application integration

ONTRACK, the state owned enterprise that manages New Zealand's rail infrastructure, will implement a service oriented architecture (SOA) in 2008 to help integrate new and legacy applications.

According to documents lodged with the Government Electronic Tenders Service, ONTRACK plans a significant programme of work, following the completion of an IT strategy, and will roll several major new applications out over the next few years.

"ONTRACK's preferred approach is to engage a local supplier to perform all aspects of the implementation under the guidance of a small ONTRACK IT team and to provide on-going operational support," the documents say of the planned SOA project.

The project will service 500 IT users, mostly based in Wellington. There will be a mixture of full client access and thin client Citrix users in the environment. The operating systems in play are Windows and SUSE Linux, while both MS SQL and IBM DB2 feature at the database level.

ONTRACK is asking for expressions of interest to provide two mandatory components: an enterprise service bus and information management platform; as well as four desirable components: a web service registry; web services (metadata) repository; web service security and; web service management platform.

It also seeks a B2B Gateway and development environment toolset.

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