Incident

Establishing Integration Competency Center, part 4

“All credit and debit card transfer of XXXX are down”. yelled headlines of local news. “Salaries of YYYY are not on employee accounts on time” screamed the next one. I felt slight sympathy to our competitors. Their counterparts of me won’t be sipping their morning coffee peacefully with family as I am. System integration sure make showy headlines – when it doesn’t work.

Release

Establishing Integration Competency Center, part 3

Part 3: Release and deployment High pace and quantum of changes – that is a one of the biggest problems of ICCs to handle. As integration platform grows constantly by new integration solutions and changes to existing ones, it is mandatory to design release and deployment processes with special care. We need cyclic process for deployment – if we deploy every change…

Development

Establishing Integration Competency Center, Part 2

Part 2: Development and change In part 1 we set the goals for ICC and chose right kind of persons to staff the mandatory roles. Next topics are covering ICC processes: ICC is a shared service so it obviously need some formal processes to run these shared services. Be extra careful on these topics: nothing…

Business ICC and IT

Establishing Integration Competency Center, part 1

Part 1: Goals and Right People My approach to ICC is ‘hands-on’. To get your hands on to daily, weekly and monthly governance tasks you will need to identify those tasks and get right people to take responsibility of those task. But before we know what kind of people we need, we must have a…

WABS is now live – what’s next?

Here is some promiseware Microsoft shared during BizTalk Summit about WABS. MS is aiming for common platform and tooling for EAI, B2Bi and BPM. This post opens up at topic level what specific concepts Microsoft will focus next on WABS.