– Accelerate the development of Integration within your team
– Extend your integration capability and capacity to more readily respond to business changes
– Reduce your integration cost dramatically by increasing simplicity and reducing complexity
– Improve the integration governance within your environment
– Secure your company intellectual property
– Raise quality and standard within your SOA integration environment
– Simplify the process of troubleshooting in an incredibly complex environment
– Reduce the skill level bar for your integration team
Integrating your Business
The history of information technology (IT) in the enterprise is the story of connecting things together: whether the story is connecting people, applications, systems or data. As years have passed, however, the number of connections between all aspects of the business and the infrastructure have increased; some would say -immeasurably. A key driver of the growth in connectivity has been the increase in the volume of information being generated and the corresponding and effective use of that information. It is this growth in information use and interconnectivity that has presented new challenges to enterprise leaders and more specifically to the integration capability within the organisation. If one were to look at just a subset of the enterprise IT infrastructure, one application at a time, things reflect a somewhat simple environment.
Figure 1: Growth in Integration Complexity
As it stands connecting one application to another and exchanging data is not necessarily complex, when everything is functioning as it should. But when things go wrong, go wrong, go VERY wrong. In integration, the saying, all roads lead to Rome, unfortunately, is a message to which everyone not involved in integration seems to subscribe. The details for virtually every business today are huge in number and the variety of applications and systems, generating immense quantities of data, all most likely provide value to the business. However, how does all this data get tracked, transformed and reviewed without loss, risk or delay? And as time passes, these connections of any one application multiply. Business evolves, as business opportunities arise and disappear, as new business partnerships are created, and as customers become more inter-active and demanding. Your business thus faces increasing challenge in the face of global competition.
Enterprise Application Integration
The data flowing between you, your business systems and your customers can be a critical business asset. But inflexible application connectivity can make it difficult, if not impossible, to transform that data into actionable information in a way that supports the business. Unquestionably one of the greatest challenges facing enterprise architects today is responding more quickly to change. Suddenly a new business partner needs access to data in your ERP application. Or, to streamline payroll functions, Finance needs immediate access to data within Human Resources applications. Yet it is not uncommon for enterprises to have dozens of applications that communicate in haphazard ways. The applications and their connections are rigid, requiring hard-coded changes that are costly, timeconsuming and often error-prone. It is no surprise that the more you attempt to change the ways in which your applications communicate, the more complex the task of managing the messaging environment becomes. As you attempt to respond to business changes and requests in your current environment, you are forced to add point-to-point connectivity. The number of interfaces you need to define increases exponentially, as do your administrative tasks and resulting headaches. By enabling you to connect through an intermediary integration layer, IBM ESB eliminates the need for point-to-point connectivity, so you need manage only two connections rather than a multitude. The result is that it helps you untangle costly and debilitating IT complexity
According to Gartner Integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is â€œa cloud service that provides a platform to support application, data and process integration projects, usually involving a combination of cloud-based applications, APIs and on-premises systems. iPaaS delivers some combination of capabilities that are typically found in enterprise service buses (ESBs), data integration tools, B2B gateways, managed file transfer products and API management platforms. IT departments, line of business (LOB) developers, mobile application development (AD) teams, application teams and even business users (aka “citizen integrators”) leverage these capabilities to develop, execute and manage integration interfaces (or “integration flows”) in the cloud. â€œ – Gartner magic_quadrant_for_iPaas_G00270939
JumpCo Integrator – Cloud
The Cloud or iPaas version of the JumpCo integrator can be purchased on the IBM MarketPlace, the IBM Enterprise Cloud Platform It incorporates all the benefits of the Integrator and is now available on a monthly pricing model. There are certain packages available varying from the Simple Complexity through to Medium and Complex. The benefit of this version is rapid deployment using IBM SoftLayer as the underlying engine as well as the monthly cost option which allows the budgeting to be removed from capital expenditure to operating expenditure. Strategically the growth in this form of application is massive given that this model now gives access to the medium sized corporation where affordability of a solid and trustworthy ESB has up until now been out of reach.