The large commercial bank will be using the Fiorano ESB in an attempt to modernize its operations, according to Fiorano. Before deploying the Fiorano ESB, Federal Bank was already using over 30 retail banking related applications from various vendors, including Infosys’ Core banking platform FINACLE, running on mixture of hardware including IBM AIX servers. The bank’s deployment of the Fiorano ESB is part of a further plan to expand the number of value added services available to its customers.
In a statement, K.P. Sunny, head of IT at Federal Bank, explained that the Fiorano ESB was chosen due to its “architectural simplicity which allows the Bank to put in place a flexible architecture that will scale linearly and allow business decisions to be speedily implemented at the IT level.”
The bank hopes the choice will result in savings in maintenance of their current integration code, as well as increased reliability and security. The ESB is expected to power deployment of out a variety of value added services through multiple delivery channels. Those channels include ATMs, kiosks, hand-held devices, mobile and Web. -Stephanie Mann]]>
That’s why it was refreshing to attend the recent FuseSource CamelOne 2012 conference in Boston. One after another of presenters discussed what they did with today’s integration essentials – ESBs, orchestrators, workflow engines and the like.
At CamelOne, CERN’s Felix Ehm showed how the world’s biggest physics research lab uses open source Active MQ messaging software to control and monitor a massive particle accelerator (see above). A General Dynamics Canada engineer, Mike Gingell, showed Agile integration successes using Camel, CXF, ActiveMQ and OSGi for troop tracking, Arctic surveillance and other defense uses. David Reiser and other Computer Science Corp. of America (CSC) software engineers described use of the Apache Camel integration framework to enable real-time data sharing of crucial FAA wind shear data. There was much more. Clearly, open source middleware is not just finding uses, it is finding mission-critical real-time systems uses.
This is serious stuff. But CamelOne was also fun. Cern’s Ehm, principal engineer for JMS infrastructure, admitted that, as a lad, he was so curious about what was inside that he would ”smash things with a hammer,” to see what was inside. Now he is using distributed systems to control the biggest beams as they smash the littlest particles. Ehm’s presentation was further enlivened by none other than Apache ActiveMQ Cofounder James Strachan who inadvertently leaned on an AV system touch screen wall module that activated some random disco music almost as loud as the original big bang.
It’s nice that Camel employs clever design patterns, and that ActiveMQ is adding useful manageability traits. But it is especially nice to find middleware being put to such innovative ends. The bottom line: Integration middleware is pretty cool, and useful too! – Jack Vaughan
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The move appears to be a return to its original roots, represented by its OpenEdge line. That operation is largely a channel business in which VARs and ISVs work with Progress platforms and tools to target specific vertical markets. That business, IT work formerly hosted in house, may be overtaken by cloud computing architectures, industry observers suggest.
In the early 2000s, Progress began to expand its software portfolio. It started a buying spree, eventually acquiring a series of best-of-breed software startups, including several SOA and XML specialists, with the intention to both enhance its OpenEdge line and sell point tools directly to enterprise software shops. The company included its Apama complex-event processing (CEP) products, which have found use in financial markets, as part of its core listing. In today’s announcement, the company said that FY 2011 revenue for core products was $361 million, while non-core products represented $172 million.
The future course for Progress Software had been under review by its board since at least shortly before its Progress Revolution user conference last fall. At that time CEO Rick Reidy announced he would be stepping down. Late last year, Jay Bhatt, who previously headed a division of Autodesk, took over as president and CEO at Progress Software.
“It looks like Progress is set to do a 180 degree turn, and revisit its past to try and reinvent its future,” BPM expert analyst Neil Ward-Dutton wrote in a blog entry.
Ward-Dutton, principal and co-founder at MW Advisors, also voiced concern, suggesting the pipelines for the divested products could “dry up very soon indeed, as prospects focus instead on potential choices with clear futures.”
Although Ward-Dutton has concern for the company, a former employee, Danny Goodall, a founder of the Lustratus Research Limited, voiced his optimism in a blog post.
“I am pleased that Progress has looked at its DNA, mapped that to what the market needs and has tried to structure a company that can thrive in the cloud,” said Goodall. “For too long Progress forgot its core values and differentiators and instead aimed to ape other vendors.”
“Progress watched competitors in the integration space build out broad SOA portfolios and felt it should do the same,” chides Goodall. This worked for Oracle (which Goodall credits for a high-powered sales operation) but not for Progress, in Goodall’s opinion. -Jack Vaughan (Includes reporting by Ryan Punzalan)]]>
While Talend purchased its ESB capabilities (via acquisition of Sopera in 2010), it has chosen an OEM partnership with open source BPM maker BonitaSoft to fill-in its Talend Enterprise BPM offering.
Talend v5 with BPM enables users to integrate business workflows into their existing application and data infrastructure, said Yves de Montcheuil, vice president, marketing, Talend.
There are several reasons why application and data integration are converging, he said. “Organizations are under pressure to bring together the technologies to help efficiencies, but also to get more consistency in the way you bring data to integration,” said de Montcheuil.
He said the BPM software will add useful orchestration service support to the overall offering. Meanwhile, BPM can become part of the governance process, given the new integration.
Enterprises can use the pre-integrated Sonic ESB and DataXtend SI enterprise solution alone or together with the Progress Actional SOA Management platform, according to the company.
Speed in development is at issue for SOA today, said Bloor Research founder and analyst, Robin Bloor. ”For IT to be successful in supporting business, it has to evolve its approach to SOA to be more responsive, particularly in how it handles change with regard to data semantics and policy,” he said in a prepared statement. At the Progress Revolution 2011 user event last week, he expanded on his thesis that ESBs must improve.
The limits identified for expanded use of SOA and ESBs are several. They include data limitations.
“Initially, SOA didn’t address data limitations, and early SOA implementations uncovered some additional challenges, of which one of them is data – data interoperability issues, data in context, and having a data model that doesn’t need to be changed every time you make a change to an application,” said Colleen Smith. A lot of the focus in the new product combo is meant to specifically address these data limitations, she said in an e-mail message.]]>
* Since SOA’s near-death experience a few years ago, it has gradually become part of mainstream development – but not to the extent that people don’t still argue first principles. What is a service? More to the point – what is a good service boundary? People are still working on that.
For some interesting discussion on boundaries and software architecture see Richard Veryard’s ”On Architecture” blog item on service boundaries in SOA and Udi Dahan’s ”Software Simplist” musing entitled ”Service Boundaries Aren’t Process Boundaries.” This notion of boundaries is somewhat exacerbated as SOA’s and services’ soul mates BPM and processes come into play. How processes and services map or do not map is still a matter of conjecture. And yet another paradigm is heard from in the form of business capabilities.
* What makes for a good ESB? The formidable Service-Orientated Architecture discussion group has picked up that discussion of late. We take note of expert Steve Jones’ posting in which he says the ESB should do: one, security mediation; two, data transformation; and, three, end-point routing. ”And that is about it,” he continues. ”ESBs that contain functionality become a bottle neck and a massive challenge.”
* The job title “SOA Specialist” has been popping up on the Internet – there is even a small-as-yet LinkedIn Interest Group dedicated to the topic. This group and others are among those discussing SOA specialist certification. As with software engineering certification, there are differences of opinion over whether this is either a good thing or even doable.
Ed. Note: Speaking of SOA certification, one of the pioneers of SOA training, Zap Think, has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Federal and defense consultancy Dovèl Technologies. Longtime readers of SearchSOA.com know the ”Zap Think Boys” – Ronald Schmelzer and Jason Bloomberg – as two of those who helped ”write the original book” on SOA. Wishing them well.]]>
Traditionally, enterprise system bus (ESB) developers could laboriously hand code or they could adopt tools from vendors that could speed up the process but at a cost – the tools could themselves be complicated and they tended to obscure access to underlying code, limiting the nuances a developer could apply.
MuleSoft, a Bay Area software company has announced a new design product called Mule Studio, an Eclipse-based graphical design tool, which is said to support ESB design ”round-trip editing.” That means developers can design and edit the ESB application interchangeably in either the graphical tool or in XML.
Mateo Almenta-Reca, Director of Product Management at MuleSoft claims vendors such as TIBCO and IBM have provided tools that made it easier to get started but made long-term maintenance more difficult. He suggests the MuleSoft tools allow developers to do a deep dive if they want, and make changes in the code.]]>
Gartner has named IBM the market leader in the application infrastructure and middleware space. According to Gartner, IBM holds a 32.6 percent market share – nearly double that of its closest competitor. This is the tenth consecutive year that IBM has led in Gartner’s market estimation. The worldwide market for application infrastructure and middleware grew 7.3 % and totals $7.6 billion, while IBM grew 14.4 percent. IBM also holds leadership positions in key submarkets determined to be growing faster than the overall IT field as well as the message-oriented middleware market, the transaction processing monitor market and the combined markets of enterprise service bus suites and integration appliances.]]>
SOA is still going strong. Businesses that already use SOA are expanding their SOA initiatives and new businesses are starting to adopt SOA and to implement SOA technologies. The first-time SOA infrastructure purchase is shifting from ESBs to other technologies.
According to a recent survey from Forrester analytics, SOA “still has strong penetration and high satisfaction rates.” About 75% of enterprise respondents and 80% of small to midsized businesses that responded are planning on expanding their use of SOA. Back in 2009, the Global 200 enterprises had shown a drop in satisfaction. Only 18% responded that SOA was meeting all or most of their expectations. In 2010, this number rose to 33%, which is more in line with earlier years.
The utilities/telecom sector and the financial/insurance sector are still leading other verticals in terms of SOA adoption and satisfaction. Healthcare and public sectors still trail behind the rest of the pack. Geographically, North America and Europe show similar penetration patterns for SOA, but North America shows higher satisfaction rates.
Probably the most interesting finding of the survey is that interest in ESBs – which have been seen as the starting point for SOA architecture – is actually declining. While in 2009, 48% of respondents who had only made a single SOA purchase had an ESB. In 2010, that number dropped to 39%. According to Forrester analyst Randy Hefner, the shift of focus away from ESBs stems from the increasing similarity of SOA specialty products (like SOA management tools and SOA appliances) as well as a desire to make SOA simpler and stronger.]]>
This has led Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and integration house MuleSoft to coin the phrase “Cloud Silo” to describe the issue it is trying to address with its Mule iON cloud platform. It is suggested that this company’s public cloud architecture sets the stage for hybrid cloud applications where on-premise applications interoperate with the public cloud.
“Existing [Software as a Service] applications are very much point-to-point,” said Ross Mason, CTO and founder of MuleSoft. “You ’self-serve’ but you do it the way the SaaS vendor wants it.”
Mason said MuleSoft set the stage for Mule iON with earlier Mule ESB 3.0 enhancements. The cloud version of the company’s Mule software is described as a Platform as a Service.
“Typically, ESBs have been thought of as being behind the firewall. With Mule 3.0 we focused not just on the enterprise but on the cloud as well.” Mule 3.0 supports REST and Web services development, using JSON, ATOM and RSS.
We asked Mason what role ESBs would really play in the cloud computing architecture. ESBs in the cloud provide the integration points to grab data from different sources, he said, adding that MuleSoft’s implementation supports ready orchestration of such data services.
Tactical integrations are on the rise, Mason said.
Is the Mule iON cloud platform a “public” public cloud? Well, not quite yet. It is presently in private beta.]]>