Enterprise Application Integration
How To Take Control Of Your Company
What is Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)?
Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) is the ‘middleware framework’ enabling companies to connect and integrate their processes, workflows, databases, and other services.
Application Integration sounds simple enough on paper, yet its practical uses are critical to allowing an organization to run more efficiently and productively, while providing better information and smarter workflows.
The overall goal for Enterprise Application Integration is to create the framework that’ll help businesses integrate mission-critical systems – such as customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning software (ERP), business intelligence applications (BI), payroll and human resource systems, and supply chain management (SCM). This ensures that all data and information within the organization is stored correctly, is accessible, and transmitted accurately when called upon.
The majority of applications and systems running in enterprises today are unable to communicate with each other – creating siloed applications, communication inefficiencies, data silos, and you’ll often end up with the same data and information being stored in multiple locations. The problems quickly compound, making straightforward processes difficult, and often impossible to implement.
All of the applications and systems you’ve spent big money on, that make individual processes easier for your company, end up hurting you the most when they’re unable to speak with each other – and that problem only grows over time.
How Does It Work?
Enterprise Application Integration is a powerful way to have complete control of your business. Due to the fact that data and information management is greatly improved, giving you an overall vision of what’s happening and making it possible to have better clarity and knowledge of what occurs within your organization.
To implement and understand Enterprise Application Integration, there are two main patterns that are worth knowing;
With Mediation, the application integration acts as a broker or mediator between multiple systems, passing information from one application to another. Whenever a noted event happens within an application, the integration module of the EAI system is alerted and it passes through the changes to any other integrated applications.
With Federation, the EAI system is responsible for how applications and systems receive information from outside sources. This ensures that each integrated application is exposed only to the relevant information.
Generally, both patterns will be used concurrently. The one EAI system will be keeping multiple applications in sync, while handling requests from external sources to these applications.
Enterprise Application Integration isn’t hindered by legacy software, different operating systems, database architectures, different dates and timezones, or even different computer languages. A well implemented EAI system has major advantages;
- Access data and information in real-time
- Smarter workflows and streamlined processes
- Transfer data and information between multiple applications and services
- Easily develop, expand, and maintain
Improved Connectivity For Your Business
If a company were to integrate without using an EAI approach, the amount of point-to-point connections would grow across the business. The resulting dependencies would create a difficult to maintain and complex structure.
Imagine this, if you’ve got 10 applications that need to be fully integrated with each other and you do this via point-to-point, you’d need 45 connections. A large organization may have hundreds of different applications performing specific tasks, making it incredibly messy and expensive to maintain if they don’t implement an EAI system.
Choosing the right Application Integration platform is crucial to increasing connectivity between your applications and systems – and decreasing overall maintenance and costs.
To get the most out of your business, you need a platform that can handle the integration of your applications while also enabling you to quickly build, adapt, and scale applications – regardless of your needs.
This is where Crowd Machine comes in, the right platform to allow collaboration between IT and the business user. Crowd Machine is an easy to understand, unified platform for Enterprise Application Integration and rapid no-code application development. Allowing you to build, adapt, scale, integrate, and take advantage of new opportunities and meet any new business challenge that comes your way.
Get an overview of the Crowd Machine platform and see how you can create visually stunning, sophisticated applications that are easier, less expensive, and much faster to build, than any other platform available today.
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A comprehensive no-code development platform that enables the rapid creation and iteration of enterprise-grade applications and intelligent microservices using a drag-and-drop rules based builder.
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The Right Platform For The Job
Crowd Machine’s extensive capabilities include;
- A simple and friendly user interface that helps IT professionals and business users collaborate easily and more efficiently – using a range of visual tools that deliver results faster.
- Preserve legacy stability, while adding agility and functionality with tailored applications that can automate and simplify your daily workload.
- Highly scalable applications that can meet the needs and requirements of any business.
- Create new intelligent services and applications that reduce overall business costs and lower time and efforts required to manage particular systems.
- Adapt to any technology or process and remove your dependence on siloed applications, data silos, and other outdated and inefficient technologies.
- Better control and connection of your business. With Crowd Machine, your entire network of systems and applications, from general data and information to aspects relating to customers and employees, can be managed and controlled from within Crowd Machine.
Learn more about Enterprise Application Integration and Crowd Machine’s powerful enterprise-grade platform by scheduling a time to chat with one of our friendly representatives, and seeing how Crowd Machine can benefit your business.