Systems and applications integration is one of the things that must be considered in today’s company IT architecture. Most companies generally use enterprise application integration to perform this integration, especially point-to-point integration. In a point-to-point integration architecture, different connector components are created for each application or system pair and must communicate with each other. This integration model can work effectively on small-scale infrastructure where only two or three systems need to be connected.
3 Challenges of Using Traditional Applications Integration
When your infrastructure consists of only a few components, point-to-point integration may seem a relatively simple approach to connecting them all. However, this kind of traditional integration system sooner or later will become difficult to manage, unstable, and even damage the company’s system if it is used to connect more systems. Besides that, here are three of the most common challenges of using traditional application integration.
The number of connections in point-to-point integration depends on the number of applications or systems that must be integrated. The more components that must be connected, the number of connections in point-to-point integration will also increase exponentially. This condition will consider a significant problem for companies that rely on connectivity with a growing number of partners as part of their business model.
2. Heavy load
A central integration engine is used in the traditional way to integrate applications. As the number of integration connections grows and becomes more complex, the system load will also be heavier. All communication in traditional integrations must go through a central engine that is responsible for all correspondence between application data sets. This communication can be hampered under a heavy load system.
3. Less flexible
The point-to-point integration architectural model creates “very tight” connections between components. Each connector must be refactored to function with the new system when an infrastructure component is replaced. Besides, if one of the systems becomes incompatible with the connector model due to a major security patch, the entire network on your infrastructure element will be down for up to five or six connections.
Implement ESB to Simplify the Applications Integration Process
Point-to-point integration is a good choice if your infrastructure has only three or fewer systems and you do not expect further expansion. However, if you are planning any growth in the future or are already having problems with the current integration model, you should upgrade your existing system with Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). ESB offers many advantages when compared to traditional integration. Choose the right ESB platform and trust PhinCon, a subsidiary of the Phintraco Group that provides various IT solutions, including Enterprise Service Bus.
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