55% of enterprises will update their business processes in the next 18 months. Are your information systems ready to adapt? After years invested in their development, your existing applications are a valuable asset. Do you really have to waste precious time and invest huge amounts in rewriting them?

THE SOLUTION
Take the plunge and move into the age of services-oriented information systems, by deploying a new generation exchange platform. The benefit: being able to reconfigure and orchestrate easily your business processes to boost your business momentum, your effectiveness and your service quality.
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HOW TO START ?
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MAKE YOUR APPLICATION FLOWS INTEROPERATE

Whether you need to combine several applications, or interoperate with partners, every project starts by addressing a targeted business requirement. The challenge? To implement an exchange platform that is both robust and scalable. The solution? Boost > ESB: secure exchange platform consultancy and integration services. Bull’s greatest asset: leading edge expertise in the best Open Source and proprietary solutions. Interested? Ask to speak to one of our experts >

MAKE THE MOST OF AND OPEN UP YOUR LEGACY SERVICES

Your mainframe and transaction processing applications such as Tuxedo are a major asset. The challenge? To make more of them, using emerging Java and Cloud services. The solution: Boost > LiberTP, an unrivalled, ‘plug & play’ opportunity to capitalize on and open up your legacy services; reducing costs without any need for new development. Bull’s greatest asset: LiberTP, a unique portfolio of products and services designed to make the most of Legacy and Tuxedo environments, and open them up. Interested? Download the white paper, request an ROI estimate, and ask for an on-site evaluation >

BUILD YOUR SOA AND BPM PLATFORM

Over and above interoperability, how can you optimize your business processes? The challenge? To implement powerful SOA and Business Process Management solutions. The solution? Boost > BPM: high-level consultancy and integration services in business process management. Bull’s greatest asset: a powerful combination of functional and business know-how, in tandem with cutting-edge expertise in the leading Open Source and proprietary solutions! Interested? Ask to speak to one of our experts >

MAKING INFORMATION SYSTEMS AS AGILE AS BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS

Interview with Hervé Le Burel, ESB/BPM Service Offerings Manager at Bull

Why are exchange platforms a strategic issue?

These days, the business environment is increasingly changeable. So in order to be successful, organizations need information systems that are agile too. But legacy applications are often locked into their own silos within the company: ERP in one corner, CRM on another, business applications in yet another…The result – as recent research by Forbes shows – is that if you ask CEOs about what holds their businesses back the most, they will typically say it’s information systems themselves. That’s ironic when you know that systems are meant precisely to be boosting innovation and productivity. The solution? Agile developments, Services-Oriented Architectures (SOAs), but also the ability to get existing applications interoperating with each other so you can rapidly set up new services that cross the boundaries between them. That’s exactly what exchange platforms are all about. Establishing a foundation or ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) that enables existing digital services (internal or external) to easily interoperate, with new ones being added quickly and simply. And, of course, to build process orchestration and Business Process Management (BPM) functions on top of it. That’s what it’s all about: boosting the speed of business development, efficiency and service quality.

So what are the keys to success?

Exchange platforms are a central component that shapes everything. If they are going to be both solid and capable of evolving, they have to be well thought out from the very start. To do this, you need a very good understanding of the existing systems, to see what is going to happen and analyze the mapping of information flows, their scale and how critical they are to the business, the relative priorities… This advanced analysis phase is essential for choosing the most appropriate ESB/BPM engine, as well as for scoping the solution to achieve the performance you want. In general, it’s useful to follow this with a ‘proof of concept’ phase, to definitively validate the proposed solution. Finally, in the design phase, you need to plan the migration stages very carefully. Effectively, ad hoc exchange solutions have often been created over time between certain applications. These information flows need to be migrated to the new exchange platform. And naturally you need to pay close attention to supervision and security. The more carefully you design the ESB project, the more time you save later on because you have a platform that makes the information system much more agile.

What trends do you foresee for the future in this area?

People have been talking about ESBs for a long time now (before, we used to call it ‘Enterprise Application Integration’), but now it is reaching maturity. Technologies from ISVs like Oracle, TIBCO and IBM, most notably – as well as Open Source solutions – are now robust and feature all the necessary components: ESB, supervision, BPM… All of a sudden there are projects happening in lots of organizations, internally or between different companies. When it comes to ESBs, most of our customers ask us to start with internal exchanges, then to capitalize on this platform as a driver for the introduction of new Web services/SOAs. Finally, we’re seeing exchanges with external partners and BPM functions starting to grow: and although it’s still an emerging area, it seems to be very promising. The challenge is to easily orchestrate these processes, design them and manage them in a completely graphical way… Technologies are starting to emerge that will enable this to happen, and it’s an area where we are one of the pioneers.

Do you want to know more? Interested to discover what Bull could do for you? Ask to speak to Hervé Le Burel or to another of our experts >