Acronyms and terms


This page has definitions of integration and cloud related acronyms and terms that I have touched with my blog posts. Below is not Wikipedia-style circumlocution, but short and efficient description. List is always under constructions as e.g. Microsoft pushes acronyms out on almost daily basis.


In EAI and B2B artifacts may include following items

  • Non-functional requirements (e.g. performance requirements)
  • Exception descriptions (what to do if unexpected event happens)
  • Source and destination data schemas
  • Data mapping tables including rules between schemas
  • Business rules that are evaluated during integration orchestration
  • Protocols and standards in use (like UBL 2.1)

BPIA – Business Process Integration and Automation

As intra-enterprise application integration (EAI) and inter enterprise integration (B2Bi) has become commodity in enterprise computing they are more often used from Business Process point-of-view. This has led to rise of Business Process Integration and Automation as major concept in enterprise computing.²

iPaaS – Integration Platform-as-a-Service

iPaaS is a cloud-powered integration platform. Pricing is typically a monthly fee based on messaging volumes or amount of integration and there are no licensing cost. As traditional on-premises integration platforms, also functionality and features of different cloud integration platforms vary a lot.

WABS – Windows Azure BizTalk Services

Windows Azure BizTalk Services is an extensible cloud-based integration service that provides Business-to-Business (B2B) and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities for delivering cloud and hybrid integration solutions. The service runs in a secure, dedicated, per-tenant environment that you can provision on demand.¹

WAAD – Windows Azure Active Directory

Windows Azure Active Directory is an identity and access management cloud solution. It combines core directory services, identity governance, security and application access management. Windows Azure Active Directory also offers to developers an identity management platform to deliver access control to their applications, based on centralized policy and rules.¹

WAMFA – Windows Azure Multi-factor Authentication

Mulfti-factor authentication is an extra layer of authentication, as well as a user’s account credentials, to secure employee, customer, and partner access. Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication can be used for both on-premises and cloud applications. Multi-Factor Authentication delivers strong authentication via a range of easy options, including mobile apps, phone calls, and text messages, allowing users to choose the method that works best for them. Support for multiple methods ensures that users can always be reached for additional authentication.¹

WASB – Windows Azure Service Bus

Service Bus is a messaging solution for applications. It sits between components of your cloud app or between your cloud and on-premises applications and enables them to exchange messages in a loosely coupled way for improved scale and resiliency.¹



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