When Philips Semiconductors Division consolidated all of its
applications into the corporate data center in 2000, the company took
advantage of that opportunity to migrate to a common portal
architecture through the combination of both an upgrading of
application software and the retirement of legacy application software.
Sun and several of its iForceSM partners were the vendors for Project
Renaissance, as the migration was called.
The core functionality at Philips Semiconductors now consists of 14
extranet portal applications powered by a common architecture platform
that can be used by distributors, customer care representatives, sales
agents and customers themselves to access a variety of manufacturing
and sales tools, resulting in enhanced communication and the ability to
According to Bill Roeder, director of Worldwide eBusiness for Philips
Semiconductors, "Sun had extensive experience in implementing
Internet-enabled platforms. We have relied heavily on Sun for our
hardware and software infrastructure. They have extensive insight in
those areas as well as in their unmatched commitment and knowledge in
working with Java technology."
The solutions provided by Sun and its iForceSM partners include the
SunTM ONE Application Server, SunTM ONE Directory Server, SunTM
ONE Web Server (all formerly iPlanetTM products), the JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EETM)
technology, Netegrity's SiteMinder, Isomorphic's SmartClient and the
Oracle8i database residing on Sun EnterpriseTM 3500, 420R and 220R
servers that run the SolarisTM 8 Operating System (Solaris OS).
Explaining the improvement in development cycle times, Arunabh
Chowdhuri, technical lead, eBusiness Technology at Philips
Semiconductors, said, "The adherence of our architecture to open
standards, including the support for open standards by the Sun ONE
software platform and J2EE [technology], provides us with a common
services foundation, one from which we can reuse various architectural
components and code. This allows us to significantly reduce development
cycles and improve the time to market for future applications."
By a margin of roughly 45 percent, Philips was able to reduce
application code as a result of reusing architectural frameworks and
design patterns. Philips projects a 30 percent reduction in development
cycles as a result of reusing architectural frameworks alone. Trouble
tickets have dropped from 40 a month to two since the migration to a
common architecture. Availability for the extranet portal is in excess
of 99.5 percent.
The extranet portal network architecture is divided into a number of
tiers: client, presentation, application, data and legacy, which means
that changes can be made to one without the need for changes in all the
others as would be the case in a monolithic configuration. The heart of
the presentation tier is the more than 3,000 JavaServer PagesTM
(JSPTM) technology templates that display content on the client tier
and the JavaTM technology servlets that connect client communications
to the correct business logic in the presentation tier. New end-user
requirements are integrated using the J2EE platform components in the
presentation tier. Philips simply creates new JSP technology pages and the Java
servlets required to deal with new application services.
The final measure of the success of Project Renaissance is that it has
provided Philips Semiconductors with a platform able to scale to support
over 10,000 end users, a margin for growth that will meet the company's
needs for years to come.
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