There are a lot of advantages of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), but it works in your favor only if it is well organized. Wide range of variables, networks, & stakeholders accumulate and prevent you from capitalizing on ESB integration. In the beginning, an ESB implementation seems like a strategic enabler, but with the rise in integrations, it falls into the abyss of “cost centre.”
So what’s stopping you from riding this wave of incredible IT innovation? In this infographic, we’ll explore most common roadblocks you need to move past while transitioning to ESB.
Roadblock 1: Lack of Accessibility
Success with ESB hinges on accessibility and it should be easy to use for all B2B operations. Complex ESB frameworks are barely accessible and can’t keep up with day-to-day service requests of internal constituents. A modern ESB framework should deliver sophisticated experience and ease of use for frequent and unsettling change requests without lengthy test cycles.
Lack of accessibility leaves ESB short-handed and spread thin. That’s why an ESB framework should be “business aware” and not “IT focused.” Enterprise growth and expansion calls for a flexible architecture that understands business environment and provides a broader market view.
Such a framework enables a perfect B2B strategy that aligns with organizational growth plan. It allows business teams to respond faster to partner needs, make technology adjustments, or incorporate changes as and when they arise.
Roadblock 2: Sluggish Pace
Many ESB services fall flat when they are bombarded with several project requests. Developers build special services or purchase orders with same data points. They set up several interfaces with the same APIs across the ecosystem. As a result, multiple services with varying rules for applications use an overcommitted endpoint. ESB frameworks enter a sluggish paradigm when the same muscle or endpoint is overused for several services.
Smart ESB services use an SOA library rather than an API or endpoint to build custom services and processes. This library helps in publishing the same data in different formats. It packs meta-driven frameworks to build services with dynamic code reusability and governance.
Roadblock 3: Lack of Hybrid Connectivity
Over time, enterprises implement technologies without a clear idea of how an ESB framework will help in managing them all. Without hybrid connectivity, enterprises face long-standing issues in connecting on-premise applications with cloud-based technologies, though they can connect on-premise applications residing within the firewall.
Enterprises cannot access real ESB benefits without hybrid connectivity. It is an important factor to consider when designing or selecting an ESB Framework. Hybrid connectivity not only helps in breaking down information silos but also helps in developing composable services.
Roadblock 4: Absence of Humanized Workflows
Humanized Workflow is something that far too few ESB frameworks possess. Enterprises need humanized flows for some necessary functions like processing a mortgage request, patient history, etc. An ESB not designed to incorporate humanized flows lags behind in responding to synchronous requests or may ignore context of a request.
An ESB model is not just a plumbing that pipes messages between partners. It is a framework that helps teams in designing event-driven, continuous processes with focus on interaction and intelligence. Therefore, it is wise to select an ESB with rich graphical editor and workflow engine that distribute tasks and incorporate decisions for long running processes.
Roadblock 5: Data Transformation Issues
Data transformation is critical to the success of an ESB and the services delivered through it. However, many ESB frameworks are not built for heavy-duty data consumption and data transformation. They support only few file formats and databases. Advanced EDI tools have taken a quantum leap in this area. Smarter EDI frameworks bundle any-to-any data conversion and large file data ingestion capabilities to support hundreds or even thousands of customers or partners in a multi-tenant environment.
Roadblock 6: Poorly Defined Strategy
Many ESB frameworks still lack an SOA driven strategy to build services and composite applications. Developers build something which proves out to be very different from what a user expects. Gaps become apparent between business logic and what needs to be achieved.
These problems can be avoided if an ESB delivers a single, cohesive, and centralized environment for governance. A solid SOA strategy delivers a single graphical environment for application services creation, process orchestration, business rule development, event processing, and dashboard creation. All this happens in real time without any coding.
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