Microservices = Death of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)? – Slide Deck and Video Recording

Posted in API Management, Cloud, EAI, ESB, Java / JEE, Microservices, SOA on June 29th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

In 2015, the middleware world focuses on two buzzwords: Docker and Microservices. Software vendors still sell products such as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) or Complex Event Processing (CEP) engines. How is this related?

Docker is a fascinating technology to deploy and distribute modules (middleware, applications, services) quickly and easily. Most people agree that Docker will change the future of software development in the next years. I will do another blog post about how Docker is related to TIBCO and how you can deploy and distribute Microservices with Docker and TIBCO products such as TIBCO EMS and BusinessWorks 6 easily.

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Right Technology, Framework or Tool to Build Microservices

Posted in Analytics, API Management, Big Data, Cloud, EAI, ESB, In Memory, Java / JEE, SOA on May 27th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

Last week, I gave a talk at a German conference (Karlsruher Entwicklertag 2015) about Microservices. The following slide deck shows plenty of different technologies (e.g. REST, WebSockets), frameworks (e.g. Apache CXF, Apache Camel, Puppet, Docker) or tools (e.g. TIBCO BusinessWorks, API Exchange) to realize Microservices.

Abstract: How to Build Microservices

Microservices are the next step after SOA: Services implement a limited set of functions. Services are developed, deployed and scaled independently. This way you get shorter time to results and increased flexibility.

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Micro Services Architecture = Death of Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)?

Posted in API Management, Cloud, EAI, ESB, In Memory, Java / JEE on January 8th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

These days, it seems like everybody is talking about microservices. You can read a lot about it in hundreds of articles and blog posts, but my recommended starting point would be this article by Martin Fowler, which initiated the huge discussion about this new architectural concept. This article is about the challenges, requirements and best practices for creating a good microservices architecture, and what role an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) plays in this game.

Branding and Marketing: EAI vs. SOA vs. ESB vs. Microservices

Let’s begin with a little bit of history about Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus to find out why microservices have become so trendy.

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A New Front for SOA: Open API and API Management as Game Changer

Posted in Analytics, API Management, Cloud, ESB, SOA on October 22nd, 2014 by admin

In October 2014, I had a talk at Jazoon in Zurich, Switzerland: “A New Front for SOA: Open API and API Management as Game Changer

Business Perspective – Open API and API Management

Open API represent the leading edge of a new business model, providing innovative ways for companies to expand brand value and routes to market, and create new value chains for intellectual property. In the past, SOA strategies mostly targeted internal users. Open APIs target mostly external partners.

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TIBCO BusinessWorks (ESB) for Integration of Salesforce (CRM), SAP (ERP) and Tibbr (Social Enterprise Network)

Posted in EAI, ESB, SOA on August 18th, 2014 by Kai Wähner

This short video shows how you can integrate different technologies and enterprise software easily with TIBCO Businessworks (ESB).

Demo Content

The demo shows live development and integration of Salesforce (CRM), SAP (ERP) and Tibbr (TIBCO’s Social Enterprise Network).
Any other technology or application can be integrated in the same easy way with the same concepts. Visual development, mapping, testing and debugging is shown. No coding is required.

Video: Integration of Salesforce, SAP and Tibbr with TIBCO BusinessWorks

Watch yourself:

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Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP) Revisited in 2014

Posted in EAI, ESB, SOA on July 17th, 2014 by Kai Wähner

Today, I had a talk about “Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP) Revisited in 2014” at Java Forum Stuttgart 2014, a great conference for developers and architects with 1600 attendees.

Enterprise Integration Patterns

Data exchanges between companies increase a lot. Hence, the number of applications which must be integrated increases, too. The emergence of service-oriented architectures and cloud computing boost this even more. The realization of these integration scenarios is a complex and time-consuming task because different applications and services do not use the same concepts, interfaces, data formats and technologies.

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Spoilt for Choice: How to Choose the Right Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)?

Posted in BPM, EAI, ESB, SOA on January 23rd, 2013 by Kai Wähner

I had a very interesting talk at OOP 2013 in Germany. OOP is a great conference for software architects and decision makers. The topic of my talk was “Spoilt for Choice: How to Choose the Right Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)”. Hereby, I want to share the slides with you…

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When to use Apache Camel?

Posted in Application Server, EAI, ESB, Java / JEE, SOA on June 2nd, 2011 by Kai Wähner

Apache Camel is one of my favorite open source frameworks in the JVM / Java environment. It enables easy integration of different applications which use several protocols and technologies. This article shows when to use Apache Camel and when to use other alternatives.

The Problem: Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)

Enterprise application integration is necessary in almost every company due to new products and applications. Integrating these applications creates several problems. New paradigms come up every decade, for example client / server communication, Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) or Cloud Computing.

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Evaluation of the Product SOAtest (Parasoft) to test your SOA

Posted in Java / JEE, SOA on March 12th, 2011 by Kai Wähner

In the last few days, I had to evaluate the product SOAtest (Parasoft). SOAtest is an Eclipse-based testing tool, which supports most important technologies and vendors to test your Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) technically.

What is SOAtest?

SOAtest is a tool to realize integration tests for your Service-orientied Architecture. It is Eclipse-based, therefore a developer can easily start with the product. You create most tests using the Eclipse-GUI, configure your specific tests (e.g. queue managers or database connections) and define the behaviour of the tests. The tests can also be integrated in your build server or test tools such as HP Quality Center.

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First-hand Report about the Certification „SOA Certified Professional“ (SOACP) of soaschool.com

Posted in Cloud, IT Certifications, SOA on February 1st, 2011 by Kai Wähner

This article is a first-hand report about preparing for the SOACP certification and passing the exam. I decided to do this certification after I met Thomas Erl at the SOA Symposium 2010 in Berlin, Germany (see this older blog). I will tell you, why I like this certification and why (in my opinion) it makes a lot of sense. But I will also criticize some small details.

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