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Accenture's Future Growth: Service Oriented Architecture
SOA is not a new concept, however the level to which Accenture hopes to innovate, is. Fourth level SOA will push interface between software and hardware to a greater level of maturation.
The goal of the new lab, known as the Accenture Technology Lab for SOA innovation, is to accelerate the development of SOA applications customized for specific industries, geared primarily toward healthcare and financial services sector. Since these industries are the most heavily serviced by Accenture, these are the targeted areas for Accenture's initial implementation.
"We are developing level-four SOA applications and will use the knowledge gained to improve our methods, processes and tools to help our clients," said Don Rippert, Accenture's chief technology officer. The primary aim will be to move toward the point in time when SOA's evolution allows companies to build solutions assembled from reusable modules.
Along with the new lab, Accenture plans to invest 0 million over the next three years to accelerate the initiative. The initiative and implementation is following a blueprint devised by Accenture that divides the process into four levels. Levels one and two are already realized, however the realization of full benefits doesn't occur until the fourth level, and this lab is intended to bring utilization to that point.
The pioneering project will focus on the healthcare industry bringing about the integration of multiple steps that are involved in the filling of a prescription. These steps include credit-checking, billing, code generation, and risk assessment. This project, known as the "e-prescription" will seek to prove the feasibility of SOA solutions using software and tools available today.
About the Author: Rene' V. Richards, Staff Writer, Big4.com