Sonic updates Actional SOA Manager

Sonic Software last week brought out a new version of its Actional service-oriented architecture (SOA) management tool that it said will provide business users with more visibility into business processes.

The Actional 6.0 software is slated to ship Monday.

After viewing a demonstration of Actional Version 6.0, Janet Park, director of architecture and systems integration at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, said she expects that it can help the hotelier automatically define its customized business processes and generate business metrics around them.

"By using Actional [6.0], we can tie the business service operations aspect with more of IT infrastructure management," she said.

Starwood is now using older versions of Actional's SOAP-station Web services broker and Looking Glass Web services management software in a project to rewrite its reservation system to run within an SOA.

Park said she expects that the new version will also allow Starwood to "obtain the last mile of security" within its SOA.

Dan Foody, chief technology officer at Sonic, said Actional 6.0 can help companies learn more about services inter-actions within a business context and includes automated runtime governance to enforce services policies. The new version also adds the ability to secure end-to-end process flows and to create and enforce security at the process level, he said.

Foody said the upgrades can support the growing number of companies where "the business person is now starting to get involved in SOA initiatives." Actional 6.0 can also ensure that processes comply with emerging regulations, he said.

Sonic acquired the Actional technology when its parent company, Progress Software, purchased Actional earlier this year.

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