Application integration (sometimes called enterprise application integration or EAI) is the process of bringing data or a function from one application program together with that of another application program.
Where these programs already exist, the process is sometimes realized by using middleware, either packaged by a vendor or written on a custom basis.
Why Do We Need integration?
Today's business applications rarely live in isolation. Users expect instant access to all business functions an enterprise can offer, regardless of which system the functionality may reside in.
This requires disparate applications to be connected into a larger, integrated solution.
What Makes integration so Hard?
Architecting integration solutions is a complex task. There are many conflicting drivers and even more possible 'right' solutions.
Whether the architecture was in fact a good choice usually is not known until many months or even years later, when inevitable changes and additions put the original architecture to test. Unfortunately, there is no "cookbook" for enterprise integration solutions.
Most integration vendors provide methodologies and best practices, but these instructions tend to be very much geared towards the vendor-provided tool set and often lack treatment of the bigger picture, including underlying guidelines, principles and best practices.
Whether your data is stored in legacy sources such as Adabas, VSAM, or IMS, relational sources such as DB2, Oracle, or SQL Server, analysis cubes such as Hyperion Essbase, or ERP systems such as SAP or PeopleSoft, our integration solutions can access these systems natively in real time, and tie the information together in a usable, unified network.
If integration software sounds of interest to you or your business, please call us and we will be happy to advise you.
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