Application Integration

In today’s competitive and dynamic business environment, applications such as Supply Chain Management, Customer Relations Management, Business Intelligence and Integrated Collaboration environments have become imperative for organizations that need to maintain their competitive advantage. Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) is the process of linking these applications and others in order to realize financial and operational competitive advantages.
When different systems can’t share their data effectively, they create information bottlenecks that require human intervention in the form of decision-making or data entry. With a properly deployed EAI architecture, organizations are able to focus most of their efforts on their value-creating core competencies instead of focusing on workflow management.

For generations, systems have been built that have served a single purpose for a single set of users without sufficient thought to integrating these systems into larger systems and multiple applications. EAI is the solution to the unanticipated outcome of generations of development undertaken without a central vision or strategy. The objective of the enterprise is to share data and processes without having to make sweeping changes to the applications or data structures. Only by creating a method of accomplishing this integration can EAI be both functional and cost-effective.

One of the challenges facing modern organizations is giving all their workers complete, transparent and real-time access to information. Many of the legacy applications still in use today were developed using arcane and proprietary technologies, thus creating information silos across departmental lines within organizations. These systems hampered the free flow of information from one application to the other. EAI, as a discipline, aims to alleviate many of these problems, as well as create new paradigms for truly lean proactive organizations. EAI intends to transcend the simple goal of linking applications, and attempts to enable new and innovative ways of leveraging organizational knowledge to create further competitive advantages for the enterprise.

EAI is a response to decades of creating distributed monolithic, single purpose applications leveraging a hodgepodge of platforms and development approaches. EAI represents the solution to a problem that has existed since applications first moved from central processors. Put briefly, EAI is the unrestricted sharing of data and business processes among any connected application or data sources in the enterprise.

Advantages of EAI:
  • Application Integration is the engine that drives business end-to-end.
  • Integrated applications using a common infrastructure, for maximum efficiency.
  • Addressing your integration needs - no matter where you are, in the spectrum or continuum of integration - from simple connectivity all the way to the requirements of a fully integrated, on demand enterprise.
  • Reacting rapidly to business events, reducing inventories, shortening new process cycle times and lowering costs by reusing existing processes and applications and other IT assets.
  • Driving horizontal processes across vertical applications and across systems.
  • Improving service and business flexibility by responding to business-driven integration changes rapidly and at a lower cost. Better positioning of your company for mergers and acquisitions.
  • Optimizing dealings with partners and customers with a single view of data.
  • Easily adding new package applications and systems without disrupting existing business processes.
  • Improving tooling using the Eclipse framework which means cycle time from LOB (Line Of Business) idea to IT production are greatly minimized and do not need Java™ developers.


Products


WebSphere MQ


Enables application integration by helping business applications to exchange information across different platforms, sending and receiving data as messages.

WebSphere Message Broker


Delivers an advanced Enterprise Service Bus providing connectivity and universal data transformation for both standard and non-standards based applications and services to power your Service Oriented Architecture.

WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus


Provides Web services connectivity, JMS™ messaging and service oriented integration to power your Service Oriented Architecture.

WebSphere Partner Gateway


Enables your business to extend integration beyond your enterprise, integrating with trading partners to create a community of businesses, exchanging information and sharing processes.

WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance


1U (1.75" thick) rack-mountable network device, purpose-built, easy-to-deploy network devices that simplify, help secure, and accelerate your XML and Web services deployments while extending your SOA infrastructure.