Ford Motor Company recently found it was failing to make the best use
of its considerable resources, which includes 335,000 employees and a
$3 billion IT organization. The result was longer and more costly
application development cycles that impacted overall revenues. Ford
found that it could re-utilize its components and frameworks by
standardizing its technologies and processes across the enterprise.
This would help reduce time-to-market and development costs and would
also make better use of best practices to raise the quality of service
By choosing Sun and the JavaTM 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
(J2EETM), Ford was able to simplify its application portfolio. The
company even launched the Ford JavaTM Center of Excellence to help
the transition of the company's developers.
The Java Center of Excellence is comprised of three groups of
professionals -- two from Sun and the rest from Ford -- divided by
their areas of expertise:
- The framework development group, which has created reusable
components that can be leveraged for a variety of applications
- The consulting group, which leverages best practices to support
projects from start to finish
- The infrastructure design and product rollout group, which
collaborated with the company's server hosting group to build a large
shared environment on which to host applications
Ford's IT group is able to engage the Java Center of Excellence
professionals to better focus on activities that can help the group
become more proficient and efficient in developing Java technology
applications on their own. Thus far, Ford's 11 lines of business have
worked with the Center to implement 60 J2EE platform applications, with
40 of those hosted in the shared environment.
Since the Java Center of Excellence debuted, Ford's lines of business
have begun to design more robust Web architectures. The departments are
also delivering more documentation of planned builds, even before the
process has begun. This provides the them with a base from which best
practices can be shared and future developed efforts can be enhanced.
Says Frank Gall, Client Executive, Sun, "Through the Java Center of
Excellence, Sun is demonstrating the value we can deliver while helping
Ford efficiently develop high-quality Web applications with rapid ROI,
all using Java and J2EE technologies."
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