Towards a single information infrastructure

All the methods, processes and tools aimed at integrating company systems and applications.

Integration requisites have historically found their answer in the adoption of solutions that are strongly directed at the exchange and transformation of data flows between applications. Evidence of the "closed nature" of these applications is characterized by the "non-transparency" of business processes, the logic of which is solely defined by use and consumption of the application and therefore not able to cooperate with the outside world.
This approach is always less efficient and often slows down requests for business changes that, to the contrary, increasingly require integrated knowledge of the entire pool of application services.

The EAI has therefore evolved by adopting the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) model, defining new goals:

  • Identifying shareable services and business processes (Business Process Management) which involve more than one application, in one application
  • Interfacing of each information source (DBMS, application and infrastructure service) according to SOA standards
  • Realizing the virtualization of a single information infrastructure that shares the application pool's core business and business processes, gradually and in time.

EAI is not a product or a suite of products, therefore, but an architectural approach or paradigm of reference for integrating business applications, the success of which is founded on correctly identifying the goals and governing the decisions.

Engineering's EAI expertise can support the client in both organizational aspects and in identifying the most suitable proprietary (TIBCO, Sterling, IBM Datastage, Informatica Powercenter, Microsoft BizTalk, SAP NetWeaver Process Integration, Oracle Fusion) and open source (Spagic, Talend) technologies:

  • Defining goals and rules of governance
  • Analyzing processes and "searching" for functional components to share
  • "Translation" of the identified components and processes into services
  • Defining integration tests, identifying the expected results and responsibilities of the various players involved.

Today, Engineering's innovative offer also proposes a radical change in the approach to application development, which evolves the current application system into a new infrastructure of services, events and business processes.

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