Synopses & Reviews
e-Business is no longer a buzzword; it is a reality in which internal and external business systems customers, financial partners, suppliers, and support operations communicate and execute transactions instantly and automatically. These emerging electronic business-to-business (B2B) relationships require a new type of integration technology that is dependent on intelligent, flexible middleware layers that glue disparate applications, databases, and processes together.
B2B Application Integration is a comprehensive guide to the concepts, techniques, and technologies that enable application integration, the technical foundation of e-Business. Noted application integration expert David Linthicum details real-time application integration solutions and explains how middleware layers work to create a seamless whole out of numerous independent systems, both within and between enterprises.
Inside you will find in-depth coverage of the five types of B2B application integration: data-oriented, application interface-oriented, method-oriented, portal-oriented, and process integration-oriented. B2B Application Integration also describes in detail available middleware technologies and existing and emerging B2B application integration standards. Specific topics covered include:
- Enabling B2B application integration standards, including XML, RosettaNet, BizTalk, and XSLT
- Message brokers and B2B integration servers for B2B application integration
- EAI technology and B2B application integration
- Database-to-database integration models
- Integrating with packaged applications and vertical market interfaces
- Frameworks, distributed objects, and transaction servers for method-oriented B2B application integration
- Portal-oriented integration, focusing on Web enablement technologies
- Digital exchanges and B2B application integration
- Tools and approaches for process integration-oriented B2B application integration
- Transactional middleware, including Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), Transactional COM+, and their use with application servers
- Java middleware standards such as JMS, EJB, J2EE, and RMI
- Traditional RPCs and Message-Oriented Middleware (MOM)
- Distributed objects, including CORBA and COM+
- Database-oriented middleware, including ODBC, JDBC, and OLE DB
Also discussed are the ways to evaluate and choose the most effective application-integration approaches and technologies for your organization. This book will give you a clear understanding of the tools and techniques required for successful application integration and the know-how you need to put them to work to create a successful e-Business solution.
Few would dispute the assertion that e-Business has broken out of the Internet domain. E-Business has become mainstream, and in the modern world, technology has been reduced to the role of enabling the e-Business explosion. In this new book, David Linthicum explains the important role that middleware will play as the glue that holds together our technology infrastructure. Linthicum proclaims that many IT organizations will find themselves left behind, wondering what in the world hit them, unless they take the necessary steps to improve their infrastructure and insure that their organization can create integration solutions that allow them to move information and processes between organizations in real-time.
This volume contains ideas on improving an organization's infrastructure and ability to become truly B2B (business to business) to ensure e-business success.
It also covers: tools and approaches for process integration-oriented B2B application integration; transactional middleware, including Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), Transactional COM+, and their use with application servers; Java middleware standards, such as JMS, EJB, J2EE, and RMI; traditional RPCs and Message-Oriented Middleware (MOM); distributed objects, including CORBA and COM+; and database-oriented middleware, including ODBC, JDBC, and OLE DB. Also discussed are the ways to evaluate and choose the most effective application-integration approaches and technologies for your organization. This book will give you a clear understanding of the tools and techniques required for successful application integration and the know-how you need to put them to work to create a successful e-Business solution.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-397) and index.
About the Author
David S. Linthicum
is an internationally known distributed-computing and application integration expert who speaks at popular technical conferences throughout the United States. He has almost twenty years of experience in the integration-technology industry, most recently as CTO of Mercator Software, Inc. Before joining Mercator, David was the CTO of SAGA Software, and also held senior-level management positions at Electronic Data Systems, AT&T Solutions, and Ernst & Young LLP. He has consulted for hundreds of major corporations engaged in systems analysis, design, and development, with a concentration in complex distributed systems. This is David's third book on application integration.
Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTION. 1. Defining B2b Application Integration.
Moving to e-Business.
Using B2B Application Integration.
What's B2B Application Integration?.
Leveraging Your Assets.
Making the Business Case for B2B Application Integration.
Middleware and B2B Application Integration.
Middleware Makes B2B Application Integration.
New e-Tricks for Old Dogs?.
Types of B2B Application Integration.
II. TYPES OF B2B APPLICATION INTEGRATION. 2. Understanding Data-Oriented B2b Application Integration.
Going for the Data.
Data-Oriented B2B Application Integration by Example.
Consider the Data Source.
Other Data Storage Models.
Working with Data-Oriented B2B Application Integration. 3. Application Interface-Oriented B2b Application Integration.
What's an API?.
Approaching Application Interfaces.
The Interface Tradeoff.
Packaged Application Technology Architecture.
Packaged Application APIs.
Vertical Market Application Interfaces.
Using Application Interfaces. 4. Method-Oriented B2b Application Integration.
Leveraging Frameworks for B2B Application Integration.
The Value of Frameworks.
Application or Transaction Servers.
Sharing Methods within Your Trading Community. 5. Portal-Oriented B2b Application Integration.
Portals by Example.
Multiple Enterprise System Portals.
Trading Community Portals.
Portals and B2B Application Integration. 6. Process Integration-Oriented B2b Application Integration.
What Is Process Integration-Oriented B2B Application Integration?.
Implementing Process Integration-Oriented B2B Application Integration.
Tools and Approaches.
Process Integration and B2B Application Integration.
III. e-Business Integration Technology. 7. An Introduction To Middleware.
Synchronous versus Asynchronous.
Connection-Oriented and Connectionless.
Types of Middleware.
Tough Choices. 8. Transactional Middleware and B2B Application Integration.
Notion of a Transaction.
Transactional COM+ (Using AppCenter).
Future of Transactional Middleware. 9. RPCS, Messagig, and B2B Application Integration.
Future of MOM. 10. Distributed Objects and B2B Application Integration.
What's So Difficult?
What's So Easy?
What's a Distributed Object?.
The General Idea of ORBs.
The Realities. 11. Database-Oriented Middleware and B2B Application Integration.
What Is Database-Oriented Middleware?.
Types of Database-Oriented Middleware.
Ready for Prime Time. 12. Java Middleware Standards and B2B Application Integration.
Categories of Java Middleware Standards.
Distributed App J2EE.
Middleware Platforms Emerging.
The Future of Java and Middleware. 13. Message Brokers and B2B Application Integration.
Message Broker Services.
Why a New Layer?.
Considering the Source (and Target).
Message Transformation Layer.
Graphical User Interface.
Static and Dynamic Adapters.
Using an API.
The Future of B2B Application Integration and Brokers.
IV. B2B APPLICATION INTEGRATION STANDARDS. 14 Xml And B2b Application Integration.
The Value of XML.
What XML Is.
What XML Adds.
What XML Does Not Add.
XML Meets Middleware.
XML and B2B Application Integration. 15 Using Rosettanet For B2b Application Integration.
Business Process Modeling.
Business Process Analysis.
It's the PIP.
RosettaNet Networked Application Protocols.
RosettaNet and B2B Application Integration. 16. Biztalk And B2b Application Integration
BizTalk Message Structure.
Application Integration Components.
BizTalk Management Desk.
BizTalking. 17. Using Xslt For B2b Application Integration.
XSLT Processors and Processing.
XSLT B2B Applications.
Converting XML to Something Else, and Vice Versa.
XSLT and B2B. 18. Understanding Supply Chain Integration.
Value of the Chain.
Defining Your Supply Chain.
Binding the Home System to a Stranger's.
Supply Chain Technology.
Supply Chains Organize. 19. B2B Application Integration Moving Forward.
Problem Domains Change.
B2B Applications Emerging.
Moving from EDI to XML.
Moving from Data-Oriented to Application-Oriented Integration.
Performance and Scalability.
Middleware Vendor Approaches.
United We Win, Divided We Fail-Technologies Join Forces.
Selecting B2B Technology.
B2B Application Integration-Clearly the Future.
V. APPENDIXES. Appendix A: Integrating SAP R/3.
Appendix B: Integrating PeopleSoft.
Appendix C: RosettaNet PIP Specification.