DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH Ensures Government Compliance by Using Service-Oriented Architecture
 
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DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH Ensures Government Compliance by Using Service-Oriented Architecture

DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (DVZ) is the IT service provider for the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. DVZ has provided a secure IT infrastructure within its own high-availability data processing service center for more than 30 years. As the high-security data processing center for the state, DVZ must ensure the utmost level of data security at all times. Its environment includes modern and reliable data processing operations and a secure communication infrastructure that meets the strict rules and regulations of the Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamtes für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik or BSI), including its recently implemented TR-ESOR guidelines. Having this secure environment based on Oracle’s SOA Suite has enabled DVZ to implement an electronic personal civil status registry two years ahead of the legal deadline.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH

  • – “According to German law, we are required to retain documents for up to 110 years. Oracle SOA Suite enables us to integrate the necessary components with the flexibility to meet these regulations—independent of vendor. This gives us the necessary, long-term security for our future growth.” – Jan Lehmann, Head of Business Application Technology and Service Management (FAT – Fachapplikation Technologie- und Service-Management), DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH

  • Establish IT infrastructure for electronically storing personal, civil status certificates, such as birth or death certificates, for 30 to 110 years—as required by the German government, beginning in 2014
  • Ensure compliance with the Federal Office for Information Security’s BSI technical guidelines that define requirements for an archiving platform
  • Execute the BSI guidelines, beginning with those related to personal, civil status, using a modular architecture comprised of four modules (ArchiSafe, Krypto, ArchSig, and long-term storage) as specified by BSI for an archive system architecture
  • Reduce dependency on vendors by dividing up these modules among various providers and technologies to guarantee the maximum level of investment protection and availability of archived documents in the long term
  • Reuse existing basic components and infrastructure of Oracle SOA Suite already in place to reduce development costs
  • Increase use of electronic files for personal, civil status certificates, such as birth and death certificates, through use of a new archive that optimizes registry offices’ space requirements

Solutions

  • Implemented an electronic, personal, civil status registry for all registry offices in MecklenburgImplemented an electronic, personal, civil status registry for all registry offices in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, based on Oracle SOA Suite, two years prior to the legal deadline, which has enabled storing personal civil status certificates electronically since January 1, 2012
  • Met all legal requirements in accordance with the BSI Technical Guidelines and guaranteed long-term document storage
  • Used Oracle SOA Suite to implement one of BSI’s required modules, which ensures secure document storage with help of complex service composites, according to the specified BPEL process
  • Used Oracle SOA Suite standard functionality, such as Web services, to integrate the key modules (ArchiSafe, Krypto, ArchSig and long-term storage) and to remain independent of the technology platforms in place
  • Ensured that DVZ can replace individual modules with minimal effort as standard interfaces are used for integration
  • Reduced project length, which lasted 12 months, by three months by using the existing environment and reusing components from Oracle SOA Suite
  • Reduced future physical storage capacity requirements by successively introducing the system to all registry offices, having completed 60% of the 104 offices with 300 users and incorporating approximately 140,000 documents into the system within just three months with the goal to finalize rollout in 2012

Why Oracle

DVZ Datenverarbeitungszentrum Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH evaluated several other solutions that met BSI technical guidelines requiring organizations to implement the systems as monolithic, complete solutions. The organization chose Oracle because no other solution supported the intended modular architecture or vendor independence for the archive to reduce long term risks, or met DVZ’s specific needs.  

DVZ chose Oracle SOA Suite because of its open user interface and standard components, which proved to be optimal for third-party component integration. DVZ also used Oracle SOA Suite for the implementation of the ArchiSave module that is specified in the BSI Guidelines.

With Oracle SOA Suite and the organization’s consequent standardized interface implementations, DVZ can replace components in-house, according to its specific needs and requirements, thus meeting specifications of the BSI technical guidelines.