Your Partner for IT Integration

Whatever the trend of industry 4.0, whether SOA, Microservices, IoT, Big Data or digitization – they will all bring about even more data being exchanged between software systems in the future. But what kind of message exchange is future-proof? How can two or more applications be best integrated with one another? Or is a larger – possibly company-wide – integration architecture possibly more advantageous? Have I considered all technical aspects?

ConSol is your partner in all questions of IT integration – from a thorough requirements analysis of individual interfaces to the development of a company-wide integration architecture. In exactly this field, our experience grew wide over many years and with far more than 200 software systems connected. We will select the right system for your application. From our project practice, we know possible stumbling blocks and can help you to avoid them in the shortest time possible.

The ConSol Integration Solution

You do not yet have a precise idea of your integration architecture? Well, just use ours as a blueprint to reach your goal quickly. We recommend a microservice architecture & with open source tools like Spring Boot, Apache Camel, Freemarker, Kafka, Artemis and Zookeeper – cloud-native, of course. Based on this architecture, ConSol has developed more than 100 microservices, all in productive use with our customers. Around the clock, supervised by ConSol.

Keeping An Eye on Every Detail

Before an architecture can be operated successfully, numerous technical aspects must be clarified during requirements analysis and consistently implemented with up-to-date technologies. If you fail to see only one of the following details, the entire integration project might fail. Therefore, the design of ConSol’s solution architecture covers all these questions and services entirely.

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Available Interfaces

Which interfaces do the systems to be integrated offer? Can information be pushed or does it have to be polled?

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Message Format(s)

How do the messages to be exchanged look like? XML, JSON, plaintext, binary data, or proprietary protocols? Is message transformation from one format to another necessary?

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Routing

To which target system is data forwarded? Is the routing static or dynamic based on the message content?

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Security

What are the requirements? Is the communication encrypted? How is the sender authenticated? Is authorization necessary? Do incoming and outgoing messages need to be signed?

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Dealing with Errors

Which error scenarios can occur in the systems involved and if errors occur, how should the system react? How are network problems handled? Should automatisms such as retries be used?

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Network Topology

Are the systems located in the same or in different network zones? Which elements e.g. firewalls, routers, load balancers, proxies etc. are involved in the communication?

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Performance

What are the requirements in terms of message size, total data volume, capacity, and latency?

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Specification and Documentation

What is the scope of an interface specification – depending on the technology used? What does a perfect and maintainable documentation look like?

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Central Middleware Software

Is a point-to-point connection with adjustments in the source or target system sufficient or is a central integration platform necessary? In case of the latter, is an integration product (e.g. ESB) or a lean individual solution recommended?

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Versioning

Are interfaces continuously maintained? Can source and target systems always be installed parallelly in production or are all versions always downward compatible? Which other solutions do exist?

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Maintenance and Operation

Which know-how is necessary for the later operation and support? Are there requirements with regard to monitoring, alerting and troubleshooting error scenarios?

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Auditing

Do messages have to be recorded individually? How easily can they be tracked throughout the overall architecture? Are statistics related to desired KPIs?

Most Important Technologies Compared

Messaging, SOAP and REST web services – these are the methods we usually choose, depending on the application. The following table illustrates their strengths and weaknesses.

 SOAP Web ServicesREST Web ServicesMessaging
Message FormatNative only XMLXML, JSON, PlaintextXML, JSON, plaintext, binary data
Routing1-to-1 synchronous communication only1-to-1 synchronous communication onlySynchronous and asynchronous 1-to-1 communication possible
SecurityTLS, basic and digest authentication, WSSTLS, basic and digest authentication, JWTMostly native
Network TopologyStandard HTTP(S)Standard HTTP(S)Special protocols and ports (e.g. JWS)
PerformancePerformance-intensiveLittle performance overheadMaximum capacity (if asynchronous)
Specification / DocumentationDefined specification language (WSDL)Non-binding standardsNo specification syntax specified
SoftwareWeb server with SOAP endpointsStandard web server is sufficientCentral broker and client libraries required
Maintenance and OperationHTTP and XML know-how is sufficientHTTP and XML know-how is sufficientProduct specialists needed

Project Profiles

ConSol stands for technological excellence and practical expertise. We draw on three decades of cross-industry project experience – in medium-sized companies as well as in DAX corporations and with other heavyweights. We support you in important software architecture decisions and place your solution on a solid, future-proof foundation.


Branch: Automotive

Project content: Application for market research and sales forecasting of automotive components.
Technologies: React, SpringBoot, MSSQL


Branch: Authority

Project content:
Customer portal in a modern design for the provision of services for private persons and companies.
Technologies: Angular, SpringBoot

Branch: IT

Project content: Administration GUI for an Enterprise Cloud Software.
Technologies: React

Branch: Automotive

Project content: B2B application for the detailed comparison of vehicles and their equipment features.
Technologies: Angular, JavaEE, MongoDB

Branche: Telecommunications

Project content: Classic customer self-care portal for a telecommunications provider.
Technologies: Backbone.js, SpringBoot, JWT

Branch: Authority

Project content: Customer management for a municipal authority.
Technologies: Angular, Grails, ConSol CM

Branch: Automotive

Project content: Administration GUI for an application for provisioning vehicles.
Technologies: Angular, JavaEE, Microservice

Branch: Telecommunications

Project content: Application for market research and sales forecasting of automotive components.
Technologies: Microservice, Spring, REST, SOAP, Citrus


Branch: Telecommunications

Project content: Development of an integration platform for the exchange of Smart Meter data with SAP.
Technologies: Weblogic, SpringIntegration, SOAP, Messaging, Citrus


Branch: Automotive

Project content: Online interfaces for the provisioning of new vehicles
Technologies: Microservice, REST, MQTT


Branch: Automotive

Project content: Gateway for the internet communication of vehicles
Technologies: Microservice, REST, SOAP, MQTT, Citrus


Branch: Telecommunications

Project content: Web-based mail and messaging platform
Technologies: SOAP, Messaging, SMS, Citrus


Branch: Telecommunications

Project content: Online interface for data exchange with telecommunication providers
Technologies: SOAP, Spring, Citrus



Lidl
Branch: Retail

Solution: Business service and system monitoring based on Nagios


pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Branch: Finances

Solution: End-to-end application monitoring with Sakuli


it@M, central IT service provider for the City of Munich
Branch: Public Administration

Solution: Open Source Monitoring with OMD


M-net
Branch: Telecommunications

Solution: Future-proof monitoring on Nagios basis


Statutory Health Insurance Association of Lower Saxony
Branch: Public Administration

Solution: Seamless IT monitoring of the server landscape

Complex Requirements – ConSol knows the Answers

Technologies / Competences

Contact

Christian Wied

+49-89-45841-100