Seven pitfalls to avoid when you have to offer data exchange via FTP

(note: abbreviations are explained towards the bottom of this article) Most will agree that Web services and EDIINT data exchanges are architecturally more elegant than FTP. However, when you have business partners that cannot handle those protocols, that ideological stand is not helpful and you simply may have to send and receive files via FTP. … Continue reading “Seven pitfalls to avoid when you have to offer data exchange via FTP”

The eight most common reasons integration projects fail

Ninety percent of organizations still lack a postmodern application integration strategy and will continue to do so through 2018, according to a Gartner press release earlier this year. This lack of integration strategy and related skills is resulting in “integration disorder, greater complexity and cost” according to the same Gartner press release. So, maybe the … Continue reading “The eight most common reasons integration projects fail”

Application Integration is no longer a problem

Integrating applications from multiple vendors, with data in multiple formats, possibly residing on a mixture of on-premise and cloud platforms, is no longer a complex problem. Integration has become easier, more economical and more flexible than it used to be. (Editor note 27 Oct 2016: A better blog title would have been “Application Integration SHOULD no … Continue reading “Application Integration is no longer a problem”

What’s old is new again

Guest Blogger: Tom Mavroidis, president of NTM Consulting Incorporated As part of Tom’s portfolio he manages the Computer Department for ITWAL Limited, Canada’s national network of independent distributors. In this article Tom shares how multiple vendors worked together to deliver a successful modernization solution for ITWAL. When we were asked to take 40 years of … Continue reading “What’s old is new again”

Business Process Integration Using “Virtual Users” – Risks and Rewards

The first part of Paul Conte’s eBook trilogy “Transforming IBM i Applications – Your Journey Beyond Modernization,” introduces the concept of “virtual users” – referring to the technique of “wrapping” an existing 5250 interactive application with code that intercepts and controls the 5250 data stream. The technique can be implemented in a “batch” program, without … Continue reading “Business Process Integration Using “Virtual Users” – Risks and Rewards”