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MDM and SOA: Be Warned!

Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Rolf Scheuch, Danilo Schmiedel, Guido Schmutz, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig-Utschig, Torsten Winterberg

Jürgen Kress Berthold Maier Hajo Normann
Rolf Scheuch Danilo Schmiedel Guido Schmutz Bernd Trops Clemens Utschig-Utschig Torsten Winterberg

"You will waste your investment in SOA unless you have enterprise information that SOA can exploit." – Gartner. This quote from Gartner, Inc. describes the relationship between service-oriented architecture (SOA) and master data management (MDM) very vividly. An essential principle behind SOA is the reuse of components and the flexibility of using these components to support new functionalities or processes. MDM provides universal components (or services) for consistent data maintenance and distribution. Here the architecture concepts and principles of SOA run into MDM. This article begins by giving a brief motive for using MDM and a conceptualization. It will then go on to present typical variants for possible MDM architecture concepts, and illustrate the interplay of MDM and SOA with reference to the architecture pattern. Increasing pressure from competition means that business models and underlying business processes have to be adapted in ever shorter cycles. At the same time, globalization and the digital networking of companies are making interaction with external business partners even more complex. Securely exchanging high-quality data is crucial for increasing efficiency in processes. This is where the central issue, the quality of information, and therefore its security in transactions, evaluations, and reports, all stem from. Once a company is no longer in a position to provide a consistent and consolidated view of its central business objects, implementing a company-wide policy for master data management becomes a good idea. Unfortunately, in many companies today it is common for IT systems to be unable to keep up with fast changes in organization, business, and even technology. As a result, on the companies' side, a vast, ever-growing web of IT systems with known integration problems comes...


Unlock Your IT with API Management

Mala Ramakrishnan

Mala Ramakrishnan

Application Programming Interface (API) management is a newly defined space that is shaping the multi-channel strategy of enterprises across organizational boundaries. In this byline, Oracle's Mala Ramakrishnan will look at a comprehensive API management solution that helps organizations develop well-designed infrastructure that securely exposes APIs all the way to managing the front-end for adoption. The article will also touch on how organizations can outsource application enhancement by empowering developers through API adoption, as well as add a mobile front to applications to capture new revenue opportunities. Finally, the piece will examine how organizations can streamline business and IT objectives by managing the lifecycle of their APIs. We are at the beginning of an era during which a new wave of innovation is completely changing IT priorities. Mobility and globalization across organizational boundaries are driving this innovation. The definition, growth and quick adoption of Application Programming Interface (API) management is a direct result of the booming mobile frontier and globalization. API management extends application development beyond organizational boundaries and drives innovation, extends applications and increases adoption across various channels and devices, driving new revenue streams. API management provides the potential to selectively expose applications through...


Enterprise Mobile Services Architecture:
Challenges and Approaches

Jing Dong, Longji Tang, Wei-Tek Tsai

Longji Tang

Wei-Tek Tsai

Today, enterprise systems are integrated across wired and wireless networks. Enterprise Mobile Service Computing (EMSC) is a recent development in distributed computing, and Enterprise Mobile Service Architecture (EMSA) is a new enterprise architectural approach for mobile system integration. This chapter introduces the concepts of EMSC, discusses the opportunities, and addresses mobile constraints and challenges in EMSC. The mobile constraints include aspects relating to mobile hardware, software, networking, and mobility. Many issues such as availability, performance, and security, are encountered due to these constraints. To address these challenges in EMSC, the chapter proposes seven architectural views: Enterprise Mobile Service, Enterprise Mobile Service Consumer, Enterprise Mobile Service Data, Enterprise Mobile Service Process, Enterprise Mobile Service Infrastructure, Enterprise Mobile Service Management, and Enterprise Mobile Service Quality. Each is described with principles, design constraints, and emerging technologies. In order to illustrate a practical implementation of EMSA, the chapter presents a major shipping and delivery services enterprise...


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