Integration – Management – Project
Why is the service necessary and for whom is it intended?
Integration is used to automate the transfer of information between systems and applications and in processes. Since the mid1990s, many integrations have been accomplished with commercial platforms for integration. The creation of looser connections between systems, thereby facilitating system replacement, information transfer monitoring and short times to market for integrations, has been a strong driving force for using middleware platforms.
Ferrologic’s integration offer is aimed at companies interested in setting up, implementing and managing an integration solution as part of the infrastructure.
Streamlining integration projects and management
A great deal of Ferrologic’s cumulative knowledge on integration is used to streamline our customers’ integration projects, management and operational monitoring. From an overall perspective, it is a matter of getting organized and defining processes, frameworks and methods so that a high degree of standardization of work and produced solutions can be achieved Standardization leads to recycling, which in turn leads to a reduction of costs and time needed for new development and management. Below are some examples of how Ferrologic has helped customers reduce their costs in relation to integration.
- Establishment of integration competence center (ICC) The center was responsible for standardizing development of methods, processes and components, as well as managing common artifacts. Standardized solutions, automated tests and a strict release and distribution process led both to cost efficiency and very few quality-related problems in production.
- SOA management project. The customer’s operations were reviewed as regards IT processes, IT organization and management tools. Setting up routines for SOA management and tools, whereby follow-up and measures for the degree of recycling, etc. were defined.
- Outsourcing integration. The customer wanted to have an external integration supplier. Ferrologic helped define the organization, roles, duties and competencies, and assisted with procurement. The goal was to achieve cost savings of 20-30 percent.
- Project methodology in a large-scale integration project. The challenge involved supplying hundreds of integration flows in a cost-efficient manner in a relatively short amount of time. A metamodel was used to define and ascertain requirements for integration. Based on this, a core team produced type solutions. The development teams used the type solutions to implement integrations. Processes and an organization were set up to ascertain the common requirements from the various projects and thus promote recycling.
Setting up modern integration architecture.
Many companies currently have several integration platforms or integrations based on technologies that are difficult to manage, and would like to consolidate into one common platform. Other companies have slightly older solutions and would like to migrate to newer platforms for better performance and monitoring as well as quicker troubleshooting. The technology sometimes succumbs to old age and has to be replaced. Below are some examples of solutions that Ferrologic has helped companies implement.
- One company had developed several integrations using various technical solutions produced by individuals who no longer worked at the company. Management, documentation, monitoring and error handling left a lot to be desired. Ferrologic set up a new and modern integration architecture based on open standards, where all of the integrations were developed uniformly and a central team monitored and managed the solution.
- Migrating from an older EDI solution to a modern platform. Support for the older platform’s technology was no longer available. The number of VAN connections was reduced, and the company had moved to AS2-based communication over the Internet.
- Migration from an older Amtrix solution to a new solution based on a modern architecture and open standards.
Integration of data warehouses
Information integration moves large amounts of data between systems. It can also entail supplying systems with information from underlying systems. Below are some examples of information integration that Ferrologic has helped customers develop.
- Data warehouses. Ferrologic produced a solution to supply a DW with information from other systems via an enterprise service bus.
- Portal solutions. Ferrologic developed integration with underlying systems to supply an intranet and an extranet with information. Some data could be retrieved directly via a web services interface. Other information needed to be stored intermediately when the original source for some information could not be reached in real time.
Forging closer ties with customers and suppliers, streamlining processes and increasing visibility for customers and backwards in the supply chain can be achieved with B2B integration; that is, integration of electronic orders, e-invoices, etc. The aim is to achieve simpler communication with fewer involved resources and higher quality. Below are some examples of solutions that Ferrologic has helped customers implement.
- Integration with approximately 1,000 subcontractors for all communication from item master files, orders, delivery plans, delivery notices, invoicing, etc.
- Solution for managing e-invoices whereby invoices were scanned, information extracted and the invoices approved in a work flow that was integrated with the customer’s ERP system
- EDI-based integration for payment flows between the company and its banks
- File-based integration with the Swedish banking infrastructure
- Web services-based integration with external suppliers for credit information and main data services
- Method for integration of new partners. A framework was produced to streamline the integration process involved in integrating a large number of partners All partners were offered templates, guidelines and testing opportunities.
Integration of e-commerce solutions
Selling or buying via web-based solutions requires integration of orders and payment flows, for example. Below are a few examples of some e-commerce solutions that Ferrologic has helped customers implement.
- E-commerce solution for sales of direct materials. Ferrologic set up integration with the marketplace’s underlying systems, as well as with sales companies and selected customers. We also produced a plan for integration and helped the customer implement it
- E-hub to simplify purchases of indirect materials. Ferrologic helped set up the central architecture for a central B2B hub including integration of supporting peripheral systems. Via the hub, a buyer can refine purchases with selected and integrated suppliers.
Traceability of data for legal requirements
There are many legal requirements (SOX, Basel II, HIPAA) that can impact which information has to be traceable and which information has to be stored, as well as how it is to be stored. This affects how information flows must be configured. Below are two examples of customers that Ferrologic has helped implement solutions that have been affected by legal requirements.
- Traceability and storage. Ferrologic helped a service provider develop a solution to store transaction data for ten years. Real-time data was moved from the production database to a separate database where it was stored for six months. The data was then moved to a final archive medium. Data was directed to the right storage medium via an integration platform.
- Traceability of ingoing and outgoing data. Ferrologic helped a service provider store the company’s ingoing and outgoing data by saving it in a separate database via the integration platform.
Let our expertise help you accomplish your next project
Ferrologic’s experienced and talented integration consultants have vast experience from projects for many different customers and industries (banking, energy, telecommunications, industry, transportation, etc.) and from several different platforms and technologies such as webMethods, Oracle SOA Suite, Mule, BizTalk, etc.
Regardless of whether you feel like you lack expertise and want us to take on overall responsibility or just want us to bolster your existing team before an upcoming project, we can provide committed consultants to ensure your next project is a success.
Ferrologic can provide integration assistance within competence centers, architecture, development, testing, support, management and project management, for example.