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De-silo your information system with service-oriented architecture (SOA)

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SOA architecture : guide

Automating the exchange of data between your information system and those of your partners using Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) delivers tangible performance benefits.

Communicating easily with partners, customers and suppliers has become absolutely indispensable. When you implement standardised data interchanges, data circulates more easily and your employees do not waste productive time wondering who to contact and where to find out what is happening…

However, to achieve these efficiency and performance benefits, it is important to build your service-oriented architecture (SOA) using standardised and reusable data interchange components.

Rather than continuing to work with separate application silos, and to suffer from interface spaghetti syndrome in data interchanges between applications, implementing a service-oriented architecture (SOA) allows you to rationalise interfaces and reduce issues around application maintenance and upgrades thanks to the ideas of pivot formats and semi-interfaces.

Applications have evolved from being a means of accessing content to becoming the main channels of interaction between an organisation and its customers, employees, suppliers and partners. While the need for openness is well understood by businesses, defining an appropriate architecture strategy, analysing its impact, implementing it and maintaining it are far from easy!

Edouard Cante, Deputy Managing Director of Products at Blueway
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Simplify the creation of service-oriented architectures (SOA)

Service Oriented Architectures are based on several key operating principles: modularity and reuse, interoperability, decoupling (i.e. limiting dependencies between services), governance and encapsulation.

This approach offers clear advantages. It limits redundancies and therefore reduces the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership), facilitates the integration and urbanisation of the IS, develops its adaptability thanks to modular design, and improves the availability of applications and communication between the company’s various business departments.

The Phoenix platform incorporates all the tools needed for communication with third parties, both in terms of data manipulation and integration, such as EDI, EAI (Enterprise Application Integration), ETL, etc., and in terms of data publication and services via an API gateway for exchanges with customers and suppliers.

Using standardised Blueway connectors (such as Edifact, EdiPharm, Inovert, Galia, HL7, etc. or with the main ERP and CRM systems on the market), you can provide application interaction services in the expected business formats. Advanced functions will translate each of these messages using XML pivots, guaranteeing easy management of exchanges between different IT components, software and applications (formatting, validation of information transmitted, completeness of messages, adaptation to specific customer requirements, etc.).

The transport layer can be AS1, AS2, AS3 or AS4 (Applicability Statement 1 to 4 security conventions) depending on your partners’ habits, enabling exchanges to be encapsulated with a high level of security whether using SMTP, HTTP, HTPPS, FTP protocols, etc.

Data exchange in the form of APIs is natively present in the platform thanks to our dedicated API Management module.

Integrate a collaborative portal into your Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

If you communicate with third parties and want to offer your partners structured exchanges in a more flexible way that promotes a successful user experience, the ideal solution is to set up a collaborative web portal.

Blueway’s integrated Phoenix platform offers a range of tools that enable you to set up communications tailored to each of these issues and integrate them into a portal for exchanging data and services.

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ESB vs ETL ? The distinction between is no longer relevant relative to today’s business requirements.

Standardise data exchanges with your ecosystem (partners, customers, suppliers, internal subsidiaries) in the form of APIs

Our web platform includes a dedicated Application Programming Interface Management module that allows you to :

  1. Manage your consumers (Create and organise, identify contacts)
  2. Manage subscriptions
  3. Configure and set up the publication of new APIs, internal or external to Blueway
  4. Create API packs to simplify subscriptions
  5. Fine-tune API exposure
  6. Secure exposure
  7. Configure and configure the publication of new APIs, internal or external to Blueway
  8. … And a host of other features to support your SOA architecture!

Our Phoenix platform: a complete, integrated solution for demystifying data!

Phoenix is Blueway’s platform for exchanging data and automating IT and business processes, simplifying data issues and accelerating the transformation of your organisation and the governance of your IS.

It guarantees that you will be able to discover, govern, integrate and simplify your complex data and processes, and implement a modern, maintainable and scalable urbanisation strategy and information system architecture!

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Edouard Cante
Executive Vice President Product Technical and functional expert, Edouard has specialized in IS urbanization and data governance for nearly 20 years. A man of the field, he and his teams support customers in their projects, and don’t hesitate to use this feedback to shape the product roadmap and gain in agility.
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