SOURCE: WebLayers

January 29, 2008 10:00 ET

WebLayers Launches New Channel Program to Meet Explosive Demand for SOA Governance Expertise

Program Enables System Integrators to Rapidly Attain Expert Status and Capitalize on Market Opportunity

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - WebLayers™ Inc., which automates SOA governance, announced today that due to exploding demand for SOA Governance expertise, it has launched a new channel program to help System Integrators (SIs) rapidly attain expert status.

Gartner: SOA an ingredient in 70% of all IT services engagements by 2010

"As is the case with any type of technology adoption, many organizations first try to develop the necessary skills internally. However, internal development of SOA, Web services and Web 2.0 expertise is difficult. Given the current talent shortage, IT organizations are turning to external solution providers for assistance with SOA and Web services," said Michele Cantara, Research VP at Gartner. "By 2010, SOA and Web services will be an ingredient in 70% of all IT professional service engagements. The most in-demand skill sets for SOA and Web services are those related to business process analysis and design and architecture."(1)

To rapidly gain expertise in SOA Governance, SIs look to leverage SOA Governance policies, which codify best practices and standards. As the leading provider of SOA Governance policies, WebLayers has been at the forefront of this market shift to SOA. WebLayers offers the industry's largest collection of pre-built governance policies -- over 2,000 -- that span the lifecycle of design, development and deployment.

Elements of the WebLayers Channel Partner Program include:

--  Access to the WebLayers Policy Libraries, the industry's most
    extensive set of pre-built, best practices governance policies;
    
--  Governance Policy Training and Certification;
    
--  An online SOA Risk Assessment tool that enables integrators to apply
    these policies against their customer's existing code and services to
    immediately identify and prioritize risks;
    
--  Access to the WebLayers Center solution for automating policy
    management and enforcement; and
    
--  WebLayers will refer certified partners into service engagements,
    providing an incremental revenue stream often resulting in a Managed
    Service Agreement spanning multiple years.
    

Seavus Consulting: "Partnering with WebLayers has already reaped revenue for us"

Bob Lord, President for System Integrator Seavus Consulting USA, said, "Our SOA business has grown exponentially over the past year, and all of our clients understand that to be successful with SOA you need to start with a strong governance foundation. Participating in the WebLayers Channel Partner Program has already reaped incremental revenue for us. With WebLayers, we have the ability to demonstrate our SOA expertise by tapping into the industry's largest collection of pre-built, best practices governance policies. Our customers are confident that every service that is being built and deployed will adhere to these policies from day one. You can expect long-term engagements with your customers when you deliver value from SOA strategy inception through deployment."

Demand outstrips supply for SIs who are experts in SOA Governance, says WebLayers

"We have more customers asking for SOA experts than we have certified partners to fulfill the demand," said Ira Cohen, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development for WebLayers. "When we began exploring relationships with System Integrators, we found most were ill equipped to deal with SOA policy management and governance necessary for success in SOA. It was clear to us that 2008 was shaping up as 'the Year of Policy' -- representing a tipping point as the market has recognized the critical importance of policies as a foundation for SOA. WebLayers launched its new channels program to help arm SIs with a set of pre-built policies and automated tools that enable them to jump start a client's SOA Governance effort."

WebLayers is dedicated to helping SIs become more proficient in SOA Governance and take advantage of the new revenue opportunities created by SOA. To that end, the company today published a new white paper titled, "The Explosive Demand for SOA Expertise: How to develop the skills and differentiation to capitalize on the channel opportunities." For a copy of the white paper, or to learn more about the WebLayers Channel Partner Program, visit www.WebLayers.com/SOA_Opportunity or call 1-617-500-2282.

About WebLayers

WebLayers automates SOA governance with the industry's only platform-independent policy management solution. Based on the largest collection of pre-built policies, WebLayers helps Fortune 500 companies and government agencies begin their governance effort in design-time, where it will have the most impact, and enforce it through deployment in order to reduce risk and accelerate ROI. Learn more at www.WebLayers.com.

WebLayers and WebLayers Center are trademarks of WebLayers Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

(1) Gartner Research, "Dataquest Insight: Worldwide IT Professional Services Market Size and Forecast for SOA, Web Services and Web 2.0, 2005-2010," 7 May, 2007, M. Cantara et al.

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