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Lufthansa Turns To SOA

Lufthansa has tapped tech outsourcer EDS to build a service-oriented architecture that will let the German airline create faster and cheaper connections between its business systems and those of its partners.

The SOA will let the airline more easily develop new processes--such as electronic ticketing for a new route--and feed data to Amadeus IT Group, which handles reservations and other back-office functions for the airline. "We have a lot of systems that need to communicate with Amadeus. Adding a layer of [SOA] middleware to handle that communication gives us a lot of flexibility," says Lufthansa CIO Christop Ganswindt.

The airline is making an eight-figure investment in the setup, which will include technology from BEA Systems, Microsoft, Oracle, and Tibco Software, among others, Ganswindt says. Lufthansa is aiming for a January launch.

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