Target state almost achieved
When the Finnish Transport Agency adopted a service-oriented architecture model, maturity analyses were conducted to monitor progress. The target state has now almost been achieved.
“We’re nearly ready. Once we get the situational awareness and reporting services up and running, we’ll be able to fully harness the SOA model. From now on, technology and suppliers will no longer impact implementation of the Finnish Transport Agency’s visions and projects,” says Purkunen.
Thanks to this preparedness, the benefits of the SOA office are also being seen in the agency’s operations. The identification of broader-ranging service requirements has reduced overlapping development. Case management is a good example of this.
“All of our e-services will be based on case management, so it isn’t sensible to implement separate solutions for each system. Instead, we’re designing a common service using a customer-centric rather than a system-specific approach,” says Purkunen.
“With the aid of the SOA office, we’ll be able to provide more versatile support for our business projects and lifecycle management. We can provide assistance with architecture, and service design and implementation. Our service offering is truly comprehensive,” says Hätälä.
The SOA is expected to handle a much larger volume of work in the future, which will also pose challenges.
“Although we’re at a good level for our current volume and range of activities, we’ll need to engage in more consulting on a wider scope in the future. However, future expansion will pose challenges if we’re to meet growing business requirements,” says Hätälä.