Leading SOA Expert Contributes Service Modeling IP to Red Hat to Accelerate SOA Adoption


United States, July 24, 2007

Thomas Erl contributes intellectual property (IP) that improves how people collaborate, model and design services.

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Thomas Erl, a leading service-oriented architecture (SOA) expert and the world's top-selling SOA author, has contributed IP in the area of service modeling to Red Hat. The technology is designed to help teams better and more easily collaborate, conceptualize and develop services - ultimately accelerating the shift to SOA. With this service modeling technology, the first of its kind in the market, Red Hat will add a unique capability to its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform.

"Service modeling is an increasingly important area for SOA. By providing a simple, platform-agnostic tool that can be used by a range of IT professionals to conceptualize, define and manage inventories of services and service compositions, this technology has the potential to drive more widespread adoption and improve the end results of SOA initiatives," said Thomas Erl, founder of SOA Systems and editor of the Prentice Hall Service-Oriented Computing Series (www.soabooks.com) and The SOA Magazine (www.soamag.com). "With industry experts such as Dr. Mark Little leading its SOA effort, Red Hat is an ideal place for SOA-related open source innovation today. I have great confidence in Red Hat's ability to oversee the open source project being based around this service modeler and transform it into a mass-market solution."

Under the terms of the contribution agreement, the service modeling IP has been transferred to Red Hat and will be covered under Red Hat's Patent Promise. Through its Patent Promise, Red Hat pledges to keep its patents available to the open source community in accordance with a set of approved open source licenses.

"As a recognized consultant and author, Thomas has extensive, first-hand experience helping organizations realize the benefits of an SOA. That experience is manifested in this unique service modeling technology aimed at solving one of the major obstacles to SOA adoption today," said Mark Little, director of standards and technical development manager for the SOA Platform, Red Hat. "We are grateful that Thomas has selected Red Hat to be the steward of this technology, which has the potential to dramatically change the way services are created."

Erl's most recent book, "SOA: Principles of Service Design," has just been released and is the first title to focus exclusively on service engineering. Erl is also completing "SOA Design Patterns," a title scheduled for release in late 2007. His book series is scheduled to publish four additional titles in 2008. Currently, 19 authors from major SOA organizations are contributing to these upcoming books. Erl is also the author of "Service-Oriented Architecture: Concepts, Technology, and Design" and "Service-Oriented Architecture: A Field Guide to Integrating XML and Web Services." All titles are published by Prentice Hall.

To participate in the development of this service modeler, visit http://labs.jboss.com/projects/.

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