Colruyt Group profiles itself as a retail group, but with lots of its own support activities. They have their own finance office for example, and also their own IT organization. But they have various other specific companies to support their retail activities, such as their own energy producer, a company that focuses solely on fuel (DATS24).
Colruyt Group profiles itself as a retail group, but with lots of its own support activities. To be able to provide an IT solution and architecture for all these services, they've chosen to launch the 'Service Oriented Architecture' project - SOA for short. This will enable them to align their various business activities more efficiently, so they can communicate more easily with each other and share services faster.
Colruyt has started a SOA and API management program to improve their agility capabilities. SOA improves the business agility between the different capabilities and closes the gap between business and IT. API management improves the agility of composing applications in a mobile world and facilitates the outside-in thinking by focusing on partner and customer experience.
Tools & Technologie
Archers supports Colruyt with the definition and implementation of their SOA and API management program on the level of program management, architecture and technology platforms.
Pieter Van de Broeck - Integration Architect
“Applying the SOA-principles helped me in my role as a Solution IT Architect. SOA enabled us to deliver and govern a qualitative sustainable IT Service-layer, which exposes Finance-capabilities to other domains in the organisation. We were able to realise business-aligned services, which made re-using them for all (+/- 50) domains within Colruyt possible.”