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RAPID APPLICATION INTEGRATION

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Integration projects are usually lengthy and expensive. Realizing ROI for conventional SOA and EAI approaches may take several years. Often these initiatives require existing applications to be discarded and re-engineered.

The increasing number of related, yet un-integrated, applications on the enterprise desktop causes operational inefficiencies for business users. They are forced to toggle between several applications and "dig" through several screens in order to obtain data for their business tasks.

Conventional integration also suffers from the problem that only a narrow range of application types can be handled by the integration product. Applications that cannot be connected to by the EAI product become candidates for re-engineering.

Fusion addresses these problems by providing a mechanism to rapidly integrate a wide range of application types by connecting through their user interfaces (UI) on the desktop. The types of applications that Fusion can integrate include:
  • Web (HTML and Ajax)
  • Windows, including MS Office
  • Mainframe, AS/400, unix and other host applications
  • Java and .Net thick client applications
  • Any of the above hosted on Citrix or accessed remotely via MSTSC

Fusion achieves this form of integration without requiring any changes to source code of the participating applications. This enables applications to be rapidly integrated and workflow-enabled. With Fusion, IT departments can respond to changing business requirements with ease and agility.

FIT A WORKFLOW ON LEGACY APPLICATIONS WITH ZERO CODE CHANGE

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Fusion can be used to quickly fit a sophisticated workflow spanning various heterogeneous applications available on the desktop.

For example, a loan approval system at a bank might include multiple legacy applications that the business users operate on. These applications could be based on various technologies such as mainframe, AS/400, Windows, Web, Java etc.

The customer information data could be in AS/400, the cash balances and accounts in a mainframe, CRM in a Siebel application and the loan application system based on a Web technology such as .Net or J2EE. Fitting a conventional workflow in such an environment would require some of the legacy applications to be re-engineered and often there would be redundant/duplicate data that the user will have to deal with.

Using Fusion, a new workflow layer can be fitted in front of the existing heterogeneous legacy applications. This layer can be configured with sophisticated workflows using the Fusion Studio.

Enterprises can continue to maximize their existing software investments. Business users do not require training to work on re-engineered applications. The Fusion layer can be safely added or removed without causing outages in the component applications.