Simplistically, Enterprise Integration is the task of making disparate applications work together to produce a unified set of functionality. The reality, if implemented correctly, is an IT Architecture which maximises assets and both identifies redundancy and overlap. Simple Answers has a proven track record of guiding customers through this complicated phase of transformation.
Ultimately, the architecture will consist of applications which have been built in house or purchased from third-party vendors. Once the analysis of the enterprise has been completed (identifying which features of the company’s solutions to keep and which to discard), there are numerous different approaches to integrating applications but rarely, in within an enterprise environment, will a single integration approach be used. More frequently, a combination of approaches are adopted.
We have over 15 years’ experience in implementing each of the common integration styles (described below). The applications we have integrated normally run on multiple computers across different platforms and are often geographically dispersed. Following is an explanation of each of the key integration styles we have worked with.
Each application produces files of shared data for other to consume. For years this was considered the de facto standard for integrating applications. Moving away from traditional point to point file based solutions and focussing more on business focussed integration has been a key goal for the Simple Answers architects for many years.
Applications release data they wish to share in a common database. We have designed and built industry accepted data integration approaches; introducing both data warehouses’ and data marts for blending cross application data and reporting.
Most modern systems often offer application level integration. Essentially an applications functionality is exposed through an API so it can be invoked remotely; this will enable an application to invoke others, initiating both behaviour and data exchange. We have a strong track record for helping customers design and expose API’s for other applications to consume.
Many enterprises operate through a message oriented middleware solution. This often involves defining a canonical data model, identifying services and exposing entry points (web services, file or queue based connectors, for example). Simple Answers has vast amounts of experience of leveraging the full potential of a company’s IT landscape by exposing services and allowing the business to develop process oriented workflows.
Often the duplicative systems organisations find themselves with after a period of growth all have different ways of being managed. Also, logs and data held about transactions can be stored differently. This creates great difficulty in getting a complete, consolidated picture of transactions within their business processes. By consolidating solutions, organisations can manage their enterprise, through a single console, and offer get greater visibility into their business processes, B2B transactions and compliance management.
Multiple solutions means multiple places to make changes when you want to address a new business requirement. Simplistically, this slows an organisation down often inhibiting enterprise growth by being unable to scale across multiple, disparate solutions. A consolidated approach to integration enables organisations to make changes once from a single point of management. And by adopting a scalable solution you can get the responsiveness you need to address the challenges of growth.
The traditional point to point solutions that were deployed at different times or obtained as part of merger and acquisition activities are complex at best, if not impossible to manage. This leads to cumbersome maintenance and ongoing upgrades on multiple systems which means more effort and cost to manage. A consolidated approach leads to a single point of management and consolidated system which is both simple and easy to manage and update which will ultimately result in lower costs.
The Simple Answers mission statement is simple; “Work with exciting people to deliver exciting projects”. We feel very passionately about the software we build and we strive to build solutions that exceed expectations. We focus on forging relationships with companies that feel the same way about their products and services.
Simple Answers is a successful company that has been developing software across a variety of industries since 2001. Software that we have built on behalf of our clients has won national awards competing against household names such as AXA, Admiral Insurance and Elephant.co.uk. Our approach to software development ensures built solutions exactly meet system requirements and consistent customer satisfaction.
We have specialists in the following areas; Systems & Business Analysis, System Architecture Design, System Integration, CAD System Design, 2D/3D Visualisation System Design, Security, Automation, Performance, UX and Graphic Design.
We employ a highly talented team of computer scientists and software engineers with advanced skills and many years of industry experience. Our employment strategy ensures we choose the brightest minds and the best talents in the market.
Our team has the industry experience and confidence to build software solutions on behalf of our clients that exceed expectations and conform to industry best practices. As a result we forge long term relationships with our clients and they go on to use our services for future projects.
Simple Answers has a proven track record of developing and managing software and providing IT consulting. Our development teams have more than 14 years of success in helping organizations maximize their development return on investment (ROI).
We provide IT services to corporate, SME and start-up companies. We have experience working with corporate companies, such as; Baker Hughes International, First National Bank, Bank of Scotland, RZB Bank. We also have successfully aided start-up companies with the design, implementation, marketing and sale of their envisaged product.
Simple Answers has received repeat business opportunities for a significant number of clients, and has successfully worked with clients in North America, Europe, Russia and Australia regions.
Simple Answers has partnered with industry leaders and has completed all necessary assessments to become accredited. Provided below are the accreditations that we have achieved:
- Simple Answers is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner which is the highest accreditation that an independent technical provider can achieve.
- Simple Answers is an Oracle Partner Network Gold certified partner.
As a certified Oracle and Microsoft partner means we are qualified to offer comprehensive support for a range of products they provide.
Simple Answers is ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified therefore ensuring our customers that we follow industry best practices relating to quality assurance and data security.
Whether you are a large corporation, an SME or a start-up taking your initial steps, you will receive the same quality of service from Simple Answers. We strive to provide software development services of the highest standards whilst ensuring our pricing remains very competitive and affordable.
Simple Answers has close working relationships with trusted long-term business partners located across the world. Dependent on the scope of work, services required and contract duration, we offer a selection of project engagement options designed to help clients choose the right solution that meets their budget. Regardless of which solution is chosen Simple Answers will ensure the project is perfectly executed and a delivered.
Being a Microsoft Gold Partner (since 2007) we’re required to constantly develop our skills. Our clients can rest assurred we are qualified to complete their project . . .
Quality Assurance should be responsible for preventing defects, not merely for finding them. So we make Quality integral to all that we do . . .
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