Enterprise Application Integration, also known as EAI, is a technology that regulates the automated electronic exchange of information between different computer systems and applications, regardless of the data formats and protocols.
Most organisations use a variety of different applications and databases in their daily operations. These can be standard applications, but also custom applications, legacy or cloud based services. Often these applications run on different operating systems, sometimes they’re managed privately and sometimes by a service provider. To add a little complexity, the systems of trading partners also need to be involved in the daily operations.
The big challenge now is: how do all these systems and applications gel together, without data being stored twice, and in a way that allows the flow of information to remain manageable, flexible and scalable?
The solution to this is to use a layer of software between the various systems and applications. This ‘middleware’ regulates and coordinates the automatic exchange of data independently, without the operating systems and applications involved needing to access information from one another.
In order for these processes to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, Copernicus developed the Niklas Integration Platform.
What is Niklas?
Niklas is an integration platform, also known as Enterprise Service Bus, used for the design and implementation of communication between different applications and systems. The core functionality of Niklas is receiving, filtering, transforming and routing electronic messages with the different applications, databases and trading partners. The transformation process is the process by which an incoming message is ‘mapped’ to a structure that is suitable for processing in the target system. During the transformation process, the individual ‘business rules’ apply, and data enrichment can take place. In addition to processing the messages, Niklas also monitors the message traffic, handles exceptions and errors, and the collection of management information.
Niklas is not only suitable for organisations with a budget of, say, a start-up, webshops or SMEs, but it is also suited to organisations with heavy demands on an integration platform and a need for scalability, performance and high-level availability.
What are the advantages of Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)?
The use of application integration can offer the following benefits:
- Information flows seamlessly between the different applications and systems
- Prevents information duplication
- Promotes interoperability between your applications and systems
- Streamlines processes that involve multiple applications
- New systems can be quickly and easily connected
- Created a single point of access for your company information
- Application integration supports your ‘best of breed’ approach