System integration challenges require modern solutions
The number of connected devices and objects is constantly growing, and interaction among intelligent machines requires integration. Thus, the role and significance of integration are becoming increasingly important. Exploiting business transformation requires investing in integration development.
In today’s fragmented world of business and data processing where organisations quickly merge, splinter or form ecosystems, complex relationships can easily form among different systems.
The same information is produced, modified or needed for use in several different systems. Traditionally, all systems aren’t able to communicate in the same manner. In some cases, a multitude of different services has been constructed to coordinate different formats and forms of communication between systems.
With increased usage, many solutions created on the basis of service-centred architectures and enterprise service bus models have proven to be difficult to manage and slow to develop. Additional challenges are created by two competing goals set for data processing systems and their development.
How to develop and manage complex distributed systems?
The answer to this challenge lies in the outline of the overall architecture. Careful attention must be paid to selecting quality attributes governing design and decision-making. It is equally important to prepare scope principles and guidelines that provide practical examples of solutions best suited to the environment.
Creating a communicative and open cooperation involving overarching architecture work, integration development and maintenance ensures that design plans, solutions and maintenance support each other in the best way possible. Why is this important? Because increasing future challenges or successes in practical situations affect the speed and quality of work.
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The right tool for the job
Agile, highly automated container-based public or private cloud computing environments that can be modified several times daily offer the option of managing connections and processes between systems without loosely coupled and integrated intermediate layers.
REST-based interfaces are increasingly being implemented as a means of integrating systems. When REST interfaces are combined with canonical data models, and open and agile event-based messaging models, we get closer to architecture that meets the challenges of operations based on rapid knowledge-based decision making and personalised services for demanding and almost continuously changing business.
System integration by Solteq
We have delivered application integration projects as solution architects, as well as suppliers and maintenance professionals. Our working methods are very adaptable and customer focused.
We are very familiar with IBM, Microsoft and SAP application integration solutions. In some cases, application integration needs have been met using Apache Camel- and Karaf-based open source solutions.
Using the highly productised Solteq Hub solution, we have been able to accelerate and secure commercial process application integrations from payment terminals to customer relationship and inventory management.
We also perform application integrations as a turnkey service. The service package covers the server environment, licences, maintenance, service management and minor enhancements for a fixed monthly cost.
We have helped our customers in the following areas:
- Defining organisational application integration strategies
- Deriving target architectures and development paths
- Creating guidelines and the best models for projects to accelerate and harmonise development.
Developers in the spotlight
Regardless of the selected or future architectural model, individuals responsible for organisational interfaces must engage in ongoing discussions and remember their customers – the application developers of other systems. In addition to this strongly emerging trend in developing core organisational systems with developer-friendly, intuitive interfaces and data models, we include an element of self-service and accelerate the turnaround time for the development of new features.