Airline Enterprise Service Bus Implementation Project

Client: Hong Kong Airline Company

Duration: Sep-13 to Apr-16 (32 months)

Position & Role Played: Integration Architect


The Hong Kong-based airline company has embarked on a strategic initiative to revamp its existing integration platform, which has exhibited suboptimal performance and incurred high operational costs. The envisioned transformation involves the adoption of a state-of-the-art Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform, leveraging the industry-standard XML Schema defined by Open AXIS for enhanced efficiency.

In response to intensifying competition within the airline industry, the client is committed to fostering collaboration with external cloud-based business partners. This collaboration aims to expand the array of online self-service offerings and elevate overall business efficiency. Consequently, the project entails increased business collaboration and heightened requirements for system integration.

The newly proposed Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) serves as the cornerstone of this initiative. It is designed to offer a highly reusable business service infrastructure for both internal applications and external systems. This strategic shift moves away from the conventional point-to-point integration model, known for its limited versatility and elevated maintenance and upgrade costs. The goal is to establish the ESB as a robust backbone capable of providing versatile and cost-effective solutions, positioning the client for sustained competitiveness in the dynamic airline industry landscape.

My Contribution:

I played the ESB Integration Architect and Team lead role to perform

  1. International and Enterprise-Grade SOA Platform Transformation: Undertook the design and transformation of an international and enterprise-grade Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) platform, optimizing its capabilities and functionalities.
  2. Tailoring and Implementation of SOMA Delivery Methodologies: Tailored and implemented Service-Oriented Modeling and Architecture (SOMA) as the delivery methodologies for the project, ensuring a structured and effective approach.
  3. Collaboration with Client Architects and System Owners: Engaged in close collaboration with client architects and system owners, fostering a deep understanding of requirements and aligning project objectives with overarching business goals.
  4. Supervision and Leadership of Offshore Resources and IT Departments: Provided supervision and leadership to offshore resources, client IT departments, and other IT vendors, ensuring cohesive teamwork and efficient project execution.
  5. Design of WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance as B2X Gateway: Engineered the design of the WebSphere DataPower SOA appliance to serve as the B2X Gateway, delivering a solution that was successfully accepted by the client.