Category Archives: Integration Architecture

Mobile Form and Function: A New Way of Getting Things Done

You are enjoying a beautiful summer weekend afternoon relaxing in the park and then the chaos lets loose.  Your cell-phone starts ringing, not the soft timbres of your favorite Sci-Fi show, but the Red-Alert alarms from Star Trek’s Enterprise.  No, the Klingons and Romulans haven’t attacked, it’s the hot line from IT Support center.  There are problems with a critical system that has stopped communicating.  The problem affects the company both internally and externally; orders can’t come in, invoices aren’t going out and manufacturing doesn’t know what it should be building.  Literally, this system failure may have just given everybody the day off, and you the opportunity to start a new career as a Sherpa taking rich adventurers up the face of Mt. Everest. Continue reading

Teach Camel to work with your data

Camels can be stubborn and angry animals if you don’t take care of them. Lucky for you the EXTOL development team has figured out how to tame them. And we even taught them how to work with data!

Everywhere we look today we can see patterns. They’re in your shirt or tie. You witness traffic patterns (big or small) on your way to work. There are even patterns of integration – Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP). These patterns allow you to define standard ways of dealing with messaging systems. Examples of these patterns include content-based routing and wiretapping.  Continue reading

SQL and XML

In my previous blog post I talked about the SQL standard.  It is tempting to visualize a standard as a list of rules nailed to a wall.  However things in this industry have a habit of becoming a moving target.   Continue reading

Server Based Web Frameworks

My favorite part of building software is web development.  I have been involved in building Web Services for EBI, Dashboard development for EEI and EBI, and I’m continuing to work on the web-based administration console for EBI 3x.   A new project has cropped up where I get to do more web development.  I’ve researched new frameworks that are available, and I’ve discovered that web development just got a lot more fun!  Continue reading

Using Twitter as a Notification Vehicle

Tweeting… it seems that everyone is doing it these days.  But, what are we tweeting about?  Is it really useful, serving a valuable purpose or does it just add to the noise of the social arena within the Internet?  Does it really change another’s life or perspective knowing that their friend is “sitting on his back porch”?

Recently, I was in a discussion with a colleague exploring the impact of mobile devices as a means of monitoring system operational health and activity.  We cited the merits of having a smart-phone and being able to check on the status of a back-end system’s activity.  We thought about the content that would most interest system managers: resource status, hung processes and Service-Level Agreement (SLA) compliance. Continue reading