Why Middleware?

The last decade saw the companies working increasingly for packaged applications to draw advantage from the evolution of technology, reducing time-to-market and turn down the costs of solutions development. Though, pre-packaged solutions generally force the business processes to conform to the products’ functionality or either require a huge quantity of infinite personalizations. Such approach led to application silos in which personalizations, cabled into the application code, turned their own evolutions problematic and did not guarantee the agility and flexibility required to improve the business processes.
However, in a context where information systems are more and more arranged and specialized, integration is critical for keeping the global system efficient and effective. Opting for technologies like the Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) means determining a structured approach to minimize the proliferation of point-to-point connections that slow down the system making it ungovernable.
Therefore the integration infrastructure has progressively become the main center of the whole system, and the Business Process Management (BPM) also made it become the main reception center of the business processes that moved from the application silos to the Middleware, thanks to the products by advanced designers, thus granting more flexibility and speediness in the development.
After all, you can typically imagine a business process as an expression involving horizontally both application silos, supplying elementary services, and many people of the organization, meaning that the orchestration level will be more functionally to be found on the infrastructure, i.e. the middleware, rather than being cabled on each single application silos.
In the end, the graphic designers who allow a faster remodeling of the business processes also grant action at a higher level of abstraction and bring it closer to the main protagonists of the company’s business, guaranteeing more cohesion between the IT solutions and the aims of the organizations on one hand and a smaller “time-to-market” on the other hand.
In this context the protocols and interfaces standardization is nourishing the paradigm of the Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) expected to establish itself as a new reference model for IT architectures, based on the orchestration of modular software units that may be called in through standard interfaces that make them independent of both the platform and the implementation technology.

Why Business Process Analysis?

The agility and flexibility of the Business Process Management instruments enable the possibility of modifying and remodeling quickly the processes according to the ever-changing needs of organizations. But to be sure that the evolution is actually going towards the improvement of efficiency and efficacy, it is absolutely necessary to constantly monitor the flow of the performance indicators both in real time and the background trends. For this purpose, monitoring technologies like Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), Business Process Analysis and Complex Event Processing (CEP) trigger that virtuous circle of design, development, deployment and monitoring whose reiteration is actually the real added value.
The analysis of the background information can tell what happened in the past and give an idea on the future but the accuracy of time aspects may have a wide range of variation. The only operational visibility lacks of correlation between events based on past performances and thus does not support the ability of exploiting any future opportunity.
The elaboration of an analytic/statistic model granting to link the events in real time with the set of background data is able to determine the capability of detecting and seizing a possible business opportunity in advance or either prevent a potential problem, guaranteeing the organizations more agility and speed of reaction (Predictive Business).
The reassessment of the Business Intelligence turning towards the Predictive Business is a big opportunity of competitive development for companies and requires solid and specific know-hows to interpret our customers’ complex business scenarios.

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