Software integration using Enterprise Service Bus
Many managers are aware of the fact that during the working period the company constantly develops its own IT structure buying and installing applications from different Suppliers. As a result, company’s infrastructure is not a uniform system, but a set of the software not related to each other and hardly ever integrated. The desire to integrate them and to make work effectively is a trigger to integrate all the applications into a single system.
Advantages of integrating different applications into a single system:
- «Seamlessе» integration of different systems on the basis of uniform format of data exchange such as XML
- Improving the effectiveness of the Customer’s information systems
- Reducing the cost of ownership of the infosystem
- Reducing the costs of integration and system technical support
- Reducing costs for ERP-system integration (such as SAP, Oracle EBS, Microsoft Dynamics) with other software such Enterprise Content and Documentation Management Systems (Alfresco ECM, Documentum, etc) into a uniform system
- Reducing costs for the development of the integration components (such adapters, etc.)
Citeck company offers a range of integration services providing «seamless» integration of different software applications and subsystems into a uniform information system based on the Enterprise System Bus, such as Mule ESB.
Project work consists of the following stages:
- Analysis and description of business processes to be integrated into a uniform system
- Outlining requirements to the business data, working out integration scenario
- Developing and setting up adapter for the integration of unique applications of the system
- Inputting and setting up the integrated applications using ESB (Enterprise Service Bus)
- Providing a uniform reference system
- Educating users
- Administrating, technical support and system maintenance.
Integration of separate applications will allow to build up a highly effective infrastructure as well as ti optimize internal and external company’s business processes.
Building up Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)
Next step in the business processes optimization and in the effectiveness of the work is to build up Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).
Wiki gives a definition that Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a flexible set of design principles used during the phases of systems development and integration in computing. A system based on an SOA will package functionality as a suite of interoperable services that can be used within multiple, separate systems from several business domains. In other words, SOA allow company’s infrastructure altering as fast as the business requirements and processes change.
Currently SOA is world-wide recognized as the most advanced approach to the creation of the effective IT environment reducing the cost and time for perfuming the project.
Advantages of SOA:
- Orientation of IT infrastructure on business processes, meeting users’ needs and expectations;
- Capability to use all the existing services and software in the company;
- Fast and economic development and integration of all the applications;
- optimization and cost reduction of IT-infrastructure maintenance;
- improving IT-infrastructure adaptively and elastity.
For business, conversion into SOA means a better distinction of functions and building up a clear correlation between separate departments of the company that will result in the improvement of flexibility and business development dynamics.
It is worth mentioning that one of the advantages of using SOA is its capability to save (even temporarily) existing IT-system and its separate elements. Therefore the company can convert into SOA only a part of its business processes and information systems with a complete gradual step-by-step transformation further.
Ultimately, the core advantage of SOA is absolute independence from the programming languages, platforms and specifications, as it is based of the open standards.