If you Google the term “agile integration,” you’ll come up with about 30 million results, but they focus heavily on one area: continuous integration within agile development. That definition of agile integration is based on the build environment.
However, it is possible to have another definition for “agile integration,” one which looks at the platform architecture.
In this definition, “agile” doesn’t relate to the process or the infrastructure, but to the flexibility and adaptability — the agility — of the application architecture. Integration within this context has a more strategic role, as the architectural framework that defines the interoperability of services and with a focus on the application functionality.
Traditional v agile as an architectural approach
There are functional similarities between traditional integration and agile integration – like routing, connectivity, orchestration capabilities. The difference between traditional enterprise application integration and agile integration is not in the tasks performed, but in the strategic perspective of those tasks. Put simply, integration can be viewed as a necessary but often limited part of the infrastructure (traditional) or it could be viewed as the core framework of the application architecture (agile).
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At Red Hat Summit this week, Paul Cormier, executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies, demonstrated three stages of application modernization:
- rehosting / refactoring a monolithic app
- extending that app with OpenShift.io
- demoing how to manage applications and services in an integration platform as a service (iPaaS)
The iPaaS demonstration was the first public view of a new open source project focusing on low code integration capabilities on OpenShift. The new project is available in open source as http://syndesis.io, and community members are encouraged to become involved in the project over the next several milestones.
iPaaS provides a low code capability that supports non-technical users, that can quickly build integrations between common systems and data, but which is also built upon technology that supports full scale, mission critical enterprise integration projects.
What It Is
- Syndesis provides an iPaaS implementation built on Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Red Hat OpenShift technologies
- The easy-to-use cloud-native integration toolset allows a low-code web interface to:
- Create, connect and manage integrations quickly (no installation needed)
- Create and connect APIs (using web based tooling)
- Point and click tools to build, test & deploy integrations
- Pre-built connectors to connect multiple apps and services
- Build simple to complex connections
- Built on Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Red Hat OpenShift, allowing the same underlying technology proven for large scale or sophisticated deployments
Why This Is Different
- Syndesis is a curation of multiple open source communities, focusing on providing a fully open source iPaaS, low-code environment based on Apache Camel, JBoss Fuse, etc.
- Focused on supporting the agile integration methodology
- Fully integrated with Kubernetes and Linux containers (Docker/Moby)
- Enables ubiquitous integrations: API-based hybrid integrations across on-premise, private or public cloud
- Can be extended with additional capabilities like Red Hat 3scale API Management, Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite, Red Hat JBoss BRMS and Red Hat JBoss Data Grid
What To Do Next
Healthcare companies face many challenges as they seek to transform their organizations and remain competitive while managing patients’ health, complying with evolving regulations, and achieving interoperability with the rest of the healthcare community.
At the heart of the healthcare revolution are IT leaders charged with catalyzing rapid innovation. Technology is an important part of the solution for overcoming these challenges and evolving healthcare for the good of both the patient and the business. An open and interoperable IT infrastructure can help stimulate innovation throughout the organization, while creating greater IT efficiency, stability, scalability, and security.
In this post, we will explore the key integration challenges that healthcare companies are grappling with today and discuss both old and new solutions to these challenges.
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Digital transformation sounds great, doesn’t it? The phrase is used to describe a paradigm where everything is connected—people, systems, applications, data, and devices. Salesforce.com efficiently talks to your ERP system. Everything from point-of-sale devices, to fleet cars and trucks, to remote locations, to medical or manufacturing equipment, and even employees with wearable devices are all connected and serving as intelligent inputs. And, they’re all in sync with your datacenter in real time. Systems of record and systems of engagement seamlessly connect and new business processes can be integrated or changed in days, not months or years. User experience is consistent and IT is able to easily see and control systems to keep them from spinning out of control.
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