2World leader in connecting information assets Over 2000 customers SOA – The Missing Link? iWay Software - An Information Builders CompanyWorld leader in connecting information assetsOver 2000 customersOver 6000 serversAdapter Suite for integrationiWay’s parent company, Information Builders, has excelled at helping organizations meet their information delivery needs for over 25 years. IB is “the Mother ship” and its $300+ million in revenue provide substantial financial backing and stability for iWay – making a iWay a secure vendor to partner with.Today Information Builders is ranked among the top 50 software companies worldwide. Headquartered in New York City, we were recently given the honor of being the largest software company in Silicon Alley.We are installed in 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies and 80 percent of the Fortune In terms of who uses our software It is a who’s who of the largest and most innovative companies in the world:Information Builders’ products are installed in 8 of the top ten telecommunications companies including Lucent, At&T, and Qwest.We are installed at the top automobile manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Nissan.Information Builders also represents the second largest software install at Microsoft, right behind SAP con-current users a day are leveraging a combination of our business intelligence and enterprise integration solutions to deliver reports, load pivot tables, and seamlessly access SAP R/3 and SQL Server.
3SOA – The Missing Link? Where are we coming from? The Monolithic StructureCICS gatewayORBMessageScreen scrapeRPCDown- loadfileSocketsMessage queueAPPCTrans-actionThis is the way most back-office systems look today, whilst we have installed a lot of ERP and CRM packages in recent years many of our important systems are still data processing systems, they were not built to work the way the Business works and they are difficult and costly to replace.
4SOA – The Missing Link? What is the Value Proposition? SOA promises seamless collaboration of multiple information systems without regard for the nature of the technology or the incompatibilities that may exist between systems.The SOA model is built to allow disparate systems to work together irrespective of what database system they use and what type of hardware they run on. The key words here are business process after 30 years of trying to make the user work the way the IT department found convenient we must now adapt our back-end systems to meet the needs of the business and we must do it quickly and cost effectively.
5SOA – The Missing Link? What does the Business want? The Business processes transactions – Contracts, Orders, Deliveries, Invoices, Payments etc.They don’t want to wait a year while IT re-writes the mainframe invoicing system which has worked fine for the last 10 years.They want to provide better Customer Service at lower costThe Business needs to be agile – changing the service they offer to meet market demandsThe Business wants to do just that – Business, but they don’t think in terms of which system they need, is it SAP or Peoplesoft? And does it run on the mainframe or on the NT server? The Business needs to answer customer queries, place orders and sign-up new customers, they also need to be able to add new services, quickly to compete and they don’t need IT telling them that it will take a year to set up the invoicing for the new “product suite” they want to introduce!
6SOA – The Missing Link? One Adapter Layer for All Projects By employing an adapter layer between the front-office systems that the Business uses and the back-office systems we can create a flexible layer between the two – and simply by adding new adapters or modifying existing ones business processes can be added or altered without changing either the front or back office systemsSOAPJCAJDBCJMSMQODBCOLE DBWSWSApplicationDatabaseeBusinessLegacyTechnologyAPIAPI
7SOA – The Missing Link? So what do we achieve? Agile business systems can be created utilizing the information technologies companies already have in place, since no business can afford the time and expense of ripping out, replacing or rewriting every incompatible technology that impedes business agility.Agility at low cost is the aim, it is both too time consuming and expensive to alter the back-end systems every time we wish to add a new process.
8SOA – The Missing Link? What does the Business want? Back Office SystemsWebPortalOrderEntryPayBillSendGoodsSwiftAdapterOraclePeoplesoftSAPThe users continue their attempts to learn more about what is going on in the business – both in terms of reporting or Business Intelligence and in terms of offering new services to both their customers and their suppliers.
9SOA – The Missing Link? 250+ Intelligent Adapters Adapter ClassesData Adapters: Provide a relational view of proprietary databases and file systemsApplication Adapters: e.g. SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft, JDEeBusiness Adapters: e.g. EDI, SWIFT, cXML, HIPAATransaction Adapters: e.g. CICS, IMS, TuxedoEmulation Adapters: e.g. 3270, 5250Touchpoint Adapters: e.g. Bill of Materials, Chart of Accounts, Purchase Order, Sales Order, Work Order & moreProgram Adapters: e.g. 3GL, 4GL, etc.ADPTERSDataApplicationTouchpointProgramEmulationeBusinessTransactionApplication System AdaptersAribaAXISBaanBroadVisionClarifyCommerce OneHogan Financialsi2 TechnologiesJ.D. EdwardsLawsonManugisticsMicrosoft CRMMySAP.comOracle ApplicationsPeopleSoftSAP ApplicationsSiebelVantiveWalker Interactivee-Business AdaptersAS1/AS2Comma-Delimited FilescXMLebXMLEDI-ANSI X12 (American)EDI-EDIFACTFIXFIXMLFlat (positional) FilesHIPAAHL7ISO 15022OAG BODStructured FilesSWIFTSWIFTMLTransoraUCCnetXBRLxCBLData AdaptersAdabasAdabas/CALLBASE/SQLC-ISAM (Informix)C-ISAM (Microfocus)CA-DatacomCA-IDMS/DBCA-IDMS/SQLCloudscapeD-ISAMDB2DB2/400DBASEDBMSEJBENSCRIBEEssbaseExcelFlat FilesFOCUS Data AccessFoxproIDS-IIImageSQLIMSInfoManInformixIngresInterplexISAMKSAMLotus NotesMicrosoft AccessMicrosoft OLAP ServicesMicrosoft SQL ServerMillenniumModel 204MUMPS (Digital Standard MUMPS)NOMADNonStop SQLNucleusOmnidexOpenIngresOraclePROGRESSQSAMRdbRed BrickRMSSAP BWSAP R/3SQL/DSSUPRASybaseSybase/IQSystem 2000TeradataTOTALTurboIMAGEUnisys DMS 1100/2200UNISYS DMS IIUniVerseVSAMXMLTransaction ProcessingAdaptersBull TDSBull TP8CICSIMS/TMSoftware AG NaturalTuxedoTerminal Emulation Adapters3270 (Mainframe, zSeries)5250 (AS/400, iSeries)Touchpoint AdaptersAnalysis CodesBill of MaterialCatalogsChange QualityChart of AccountsComponent IssuesContainer MoveCustomerInventoryItemItem MaintenanceLocationsOrder ChangesPreliminary InvoicesProduction OrderPurchase OrderReceiptsRequisitionReturnsSales OrderSuppliersUsersWork OrderWork Order Status ChangeTechnology AdaptersAny J2EE Application ServerBEA MessageQBEA WebLogic Application ServerBEA WebLogic IntegrationCC++cc:mail (VIM)COBOLCOMFOCUSFORTRANFTPFujitsu InterstageHTTPIBM WebSphere Application ServerIBM WebSphere MQ (MQ Series)IBM WebSphere MQ IntegratorInternet Mail (SMTP/MIME)JacORBJavaJMSLotus Notes (VIM)Microsoft BizTalk ServerMicrosoft Exchange (MAPI)Oracle 9iASOracle 9iAS IntegrationOracle AQOracle PL/SQLOrbixPascalPOPPythonRDBMSRPGSAP eXchange Infrastructure (XI)SAP Web Application ServerSonic ESBSonicMQSunONE Application ServerTIBCO JMSTIBCO RendezvousVisibrokerConnector Technologies.NETActiveXiWayJCAJDBC™Microsoft DTSMQSeriesODBCOLE DBSOAPAccess to your information assets can be broken down into groups or classes of adapters. Listed on this slide, are:Data Adapters – which provide a relational view of any relational or non-relational data structures like DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, VSAM, IDMS, ADABAS, flat files, MUMPS and so much more.Application Adapters provide transaction level access to the most popular ERP, CRM, and SCM packages like SAP, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and more.Transaction Adapters provide fast and efficient access to TP environments like CICS, IMS/TM and Tuxedo.Program Adapters allow organizations to leverage their existing libraries of custom written programs in COBOL, PL1, SQL RPCs and more.Emulation Adapters deliver easy access to legacy green screen applications through screen-scraping technologies for 3270, 5250 and VT100 based applications.e-Business Adapters represent the latest investment of research and development dollars from iWay Software. iWay’s new Adapter Factory has pumped out e-Business transaction adapters like SWIFT and FIX for the finance arena, HIPAA for healthcare industry, and Covisant for the Automotive industry.No other EAI vendor can sole source as many adapters over more adapter classes as iWay Software. In fact, there isn’t even a vendor in the adapter business that can provide the coverage of iWay.So how does everyone else bridge the gap between what iWay delivers and what they don’t?? Well, they ship an SDK – or software development kit. Hey, if you have to build your own access, test it and maintain it That’s not integration assembly. Your back into a integration solution steeped in custom development.
10SOA – The Missing Link? Expect more from the adapter Layer iWay Adapter ManagerPre-processingClientApplicationTemplateselectionTransformAgentListener (TCP,SOAP, SAP XI,JMS, MQ, etc.)TransformAgentTransformAgentAdapters deal with the so called “fine-grained” processes, all the validations and transformations that are required bys a specific back-end system should be executed in the “fine-grained” adapter layer, the “business rules” which apply to all transactions and the routing of which processes are handled where are “coarse-grained” and should be handled by the broker layer.Post-processingTargetresourceOne transformation template is selected based on the name of the first tag in the XML request document
11SOA – The Missing Link? Universal Adaptive Framework Here is the big picture of how iWay adapters provide plug-n-play connectivity to vital information sources. We call this big picture the iWay Universal Adapter Framework.Mouse click 1 – The Universal Adapter Framework begins with iWay’s seven classes of adapters, which we discussed earlier. Here we introduce a bit more granularity, exposing capabilities like error handling and security, and validation, translation and transformation. Error handling, quite simply, is the process of communicating back to the calling application with error code and message reporting as revealed by the connected information asset. iWay adapters respect the O/S and information source security layers, passing credentials collected from the calling application to the operating system, data management and application security layers for proper user authentication. Exits are provided for implementing custom routines.Validation, translation, and transformation may be process and adapter specific capabilities. Validation for example, is exemplified by the automatic parsing of a HIPAA claims document and the subsequent rejection of the record if a required field (e.g. claim date) is not populated. iWay vertical EDI adapters provide built-in validation where a public specification is available. Transformation is inherent for any information source reply set returned to a Web service. In this case, the reply must be transformed into XML to constitute a valid Web service message payload. Other forms of transformation, such as edit masking, date manipulation and other forms of message enrichment can be applied by invoking rules composed in iWay’s XML Transformation Workbench as an extension of the iWay adapter. For translation, the simplest example would be the EBCIDIC/ASCII character set conversion that is required when exchanging data between mainframe and non-mainframe computing environments.Mouse click 2 – Metadata generation is a key differentiator for iWay. iWay provides several utilities to generate the metadata that defines each information asset. Metadata can be generated by reading the catalog of a relational DBMS, by interrogating a packaged application for it’s list of RPC’s via the iWay Application Explorer, by running COBOL FD’s thru a translator, or even by keying structure definitions by hand in our file tool. Once generated, the metadata becomes available to each client process thru the adapter that the client is conversing with. So important to note here, is the representation of metadata in XML form versus SQL form. This because the classic client/server approach stills needs a relational view (table/column view) of the world, while the newest generation of tools requires an XML view (XML structure file view) of information resources.Mouse click 3 – Finally, we can add into the picture, packaged and custom applications, IT app dev and DW tools, desktop and business intelligence tools, application and web servers In general, anything needs connection to your information assets. The calling application, process or tool is configured for a certain type of connection and network protocol to communicate to an iWay Adapter. iWay supports many different connectivity options, from ODBC and JDBC, to JCA, to a variety of messaging systems, to SOAP for Web services-based integration. Further, iWay supplies architecturally sound plug-ins for popular integration tools like BEA, IBM MQSI, MS BizTalk Server and more. The plug-ins provide a direct connection to iWay adapters, greatly extending the inherent reach and range of the host product.The path described from a connector thru to the data is known as an iWay Service Channel. The Service Channel represents a reusable pathway to the information asset described. For instance, once your VSAM parts table is described thru an iWay ODBC connector, it is available to any ODBC client. Introducing some more iWay terminology, any procedure or routine called through an iWay Service Channel and via Web Services, is known as an iWay Business Service (IBS).Over 250+ Connectors and Adapters for integrating legacy databases and applicationsReal time, transaction based integration
12SOA – The Missing Link? EDIFACT/AS2 Adapter in a SAP XI Environment The Adaptive Framework and the Broker at Philips LightingFine-Grained and Coarse-Grained ServicesCoarse-GrainedFine-GrainedAn example of SOA from Philips Lighting, the customers, on the right hand side, in this case Walmart, Auchan and Carrefour communicate with their supplier (Philips) only in terms of electronic documents either in an EDI format (in this case EDIFACT) or a XML format, all orders, queries, invoicing etc between these parties is done in this way. No paper and no people are involved. This is a requirement of doing business with these companies and as a supplier you either comply, as Philips has done, or they buy their goods elsewhere. In this case the fine-grained validation, i.e. the validation specific to matters such as security, message format etc is done by the iWay EDIFACT/AS2 adapter, only when the incoming message has been validated is it passed to the SAP broker, where credit checks and other “business” rules are carried out before the message which has now been changed to an SAP IDOC is passed on to SAP R3 for processing. Some of the messages have not yet been implemented in SAP XI for Philips own internal reasons and they are passed by the iWay adapter to a different broker, in this case Mercator, which then communicates with SAP. Processing these business transaction this way was implemented in a matter of days, setting up the architecture took longer but now that it’s there extra process can be added simply and quickly.
13SOA – The Missing Link? Summary The Business needs to be agile – offer new services quickly to meet market demandsSOA is about business, not just another IT solution.Re-use of existing systems is not only possible – it’s relatively simpleYou need an adaptive framework to access your existing systemsBe wary of “Adapter Development Kits”