I previously posted about the need for Java CAPS customers to consider replacing their integration platform, and why you should consider an IBM solution instead of Oracle. I wanted to revisit that topic because the IBM Integration Bus (IIB) version 9 release has introduced a lot of new features – capabilities that enable greater visibility and insight of data as it flows through the bus – making it an even more attractive solution for customers looking for a stable, robust, and reliable integration platform.
The ability to apply business insight to make near real-time decisions, an ability to more rapidly integrate business processes, improved workload management capabilities that enable more efficient use of resources, better elasticity and response through use of caching capabilities, real time monitoring, new patterns, an ability to easily provision across physical and cloud environments, as well as an ability to import and convert existing WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus (WESB) artifacts are some of the capabilities that were introduced with this release. Check out this video for a quick overview:
New features are all well and good, and for some organizations that will be enough reason to make the move to a WebSphere solution. But for most it’s important see the proof that you can make a successful transition off of Java CAPS / e-Gate without harming your business in the process. So with that, here’s video evidence of a customer – Hampshire Health Hospitals Foundation Trust – speaking about their move from e-Gate to WebSphere.
Still not convinced? Go here to read about how IIB is delivering significant developer productivity gains to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina as compared to the Java CAPS environment they replaced.
Duane Adkins, enterprise architect at BCBS NC explains:
“With JCAPS we had to write about 100 Java classes to execute a governance service whereas with WebSphere Message Broker we need to write maybe 10 XSL files”
So what does less code mean? It means solutions get delivered faster, code quality likely improves, and it is easier and less costly to maintain.
BCBS NC is using IIB (formerly named WebSphere Message Broker) in conjunction with IBM DataPower appliances to deliver a hybrid enterprise service bus to enable real-time eligibility verification, further evidence that IBM’s rich portfolio of solutions are not only “engineered to work together” but are delivering real business value as a result.