Posted by Ken Vollmer on October 29, 2011
Comprehensive integration solutions (CISes) have been in the market for several years and provide robust features for solving application, B2B, and process integration challenges. But what a lot of people don't yet understand is that these tools can also dramatically speed up general-purpose application development efforts as well. Savings of 40% to 60% reduction in time and cost are frequently quoted by enterprises using a CIS for application development. How is this possible, you ask?
CIS products provide several tightly integrated components that can speed up development efforts, including:
- A graphical environment that supports model-driven development. This approach replaces manual java coding with dynamic interpretation of java code based on process models created in either BPMN or BPEL diagrams.
- An embedded ESB that provides out-of-the-box features supporting messaging, routing, and transaction management. ESBs can be used to minimize the creation of point-to-point integration interfaces with a more-flexible service bus approach.
- An integration server that supports both simple and complex transformations with full support for a wide range of EDI and XML-based data formats.
- A registry/repository for supporting the creation, management, and reuse of a wide range of application artifacts, including services.
CIS products may not be the best choice for all of your application development needs, but they are a proven approach for providing an enhanced development experience covering a wide range of enterprise application requirements.
Check out our last CIS product evaluation at: http://www.forrester.com/rb/Research/wave%26trade%3B_comprehensive_integration_solutions%2C_q4_2010/q/id/56007/t/2
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