Integration used to be confined to systems within an organization. Today, organizations must integrate not only in the traditional sense of mergers and acquisitions, but are also increasingly reliant on external systems (i.e. cloud computing, social media and third-party touch-points). Companies’ need a holistic set of capabilities enabled through an integration platform to compete in highly variable and competitive environments in which change is accelerating at a faster pace every year.
For many, when dealing with systems and the migration of data, the first thing that comes to mind is the need for integration. Both volume and data types are ever changing. Richard Soley the Chairman of the Object Management Group states “Twitter is basically 140 characters of garbage; it’s what rules you apply to the tweets that can create value and insight.” Do you have a coherent data management plan? Writing SQL statements or buying an off the shelf solution are alternatives. However, in most cases they are not a complete solution. To remain competitive enterprises can’t rely on spread sheets to visualize how all of the data relates. When dealing with large databases and terabyte’s of data spread across an enterprise, what are teams of DBA’s to do? Transform the data of course, one line of code at a time. Time consuming and error prone. What if there was a better way? One that provides both agility and transparency? What if you could reduce an integration project by 50 or 60%? At the same time ensure all stake holders fully understand the business and operational requirements. Thereby eliminating disconnects that frequently occur between business and IT. You might ask how this is possible. It is known that modeling projects tend to save time, eliminate risk and provide transparent documentation making change when needed much simpler. So why not model the whole project and allow the models to execute. This would eliminate complexity, coding, and be fully documented to the agreed to spec and any changes made later.
Well now you can by starting a project with the Cameo E2E Bridge. Start the project scope with Business Process Management Modeling better known as BPMN. Providing a comprehensive documented understanding of what the project entails. Modeling gives users a steady way to model existing IT Infrastructures. Using a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach allows any company regardless in size a base for integration. This integration would maximize the reuse of existing IT components and flexibility though out the project. They can be imported in many different ways; here are two examples with the Cameo E2E Bridge:
1. Using the WSDL Importer, existing Web Services presented by external applications can be automatically transformed into UML models, which would be available for further integration efforts and tasks.
2. The Importer for SAP IDoc™ permits the direct importing of IDoc interface descriptions from SAP into the modeling environment, proposing automatically generated descriptions in UML to further the use of service models.
In situations where existing data or applications cannot be automatically imported by either of these two variants, new Integration Services can be created and managed with any XMI compliant modeling environment, without the need for programming.
There are numerous documented use cases that identify a reduction of development time of 30% or more. In addition ongoing operational savings of to their IT budget of 20% or more. A proof of concept that takes less than a week can convince any that doubt this approach. Yes, there is a broadly fielded solution in the market that can deliver the stated results. Would anyone believe that it can be done with a team of two people? No, way you say… Tools like the Cameo E2E Bridge do all that and more becoming a single source of truth for any organization. Model Driven Integration (MDI) is a groundbreaking approach to integrate, migrate, and consolidate heterogeneous distributed software systems. It raises the level of abstraction from non-transparent, mostly undocumented code to unambiguous executable models, which serve simultaneously as documentation and production runtime. With MDI, executable models in form of UML®, BPMN® and ARIS EPC are used as the exclusive source to build complex business application and integration scenarios. You would not even need to replace any of your legacy systems; out of the box it comes with 70+ adapters including SOAP, WISDL, REST, and JSON etc. One thing that allows this product to stand out from others is its ability to adapt to your environment. One major F500 client describes the platform as “infectious” having deployed the Cameo E2E Bridge. Having discovered the ease of integrating numerous systems while improving business process flows in one step, taking weeks and not months. This global client had the challenge of integrating new mobile applications, new public and private cloud solutions, five different payment solutions while integrating all to their legacy SAP system moving from batch mode to real-time. Most would agree not a plain vanilla integration project. If you’re familiar with SAP than you know that SAP has a product called Netweaver that can do this very thing. Netweaver is a wonderful product, however it is well understood that a much larger team would be need to accomplish this same integration project.
To be successful, organizations must be competent in all three areas of integration: absorbing new companies (via mergers and acquisitions), new products and services (via cloud computing), and information (data, information and knowledge).
We work with clients to improve their ability to maximize the opportunity (achieve multipliers) for a given acquisition, and we assist clients with optimizing their portfolio of acquisitions. Clients often seek our guidance and hands-on assistance in building scalable and adaptable integration capabilities to accelerate the acquisition lifecycle, and create more agility with internal systems, their value chain partners (suppliers, service providers, partners, and logistics), and their customers.