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Ensemble: Rapid Enterprise Integration for Rapid Results
Ensemble: Rapid Enterprise Integration for Rapid Results

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InterSystems Corporation's Ensemble is a comprehensive integration platform that enables exceptionally fast integration and composite application development. Designed to leverage today's Web and service-oriented architectures, Ensemble offers the power to handle any scope of integration project and the ease to quickly integrate and rapidly develop to meet the tight deadlines typical of today's competitive environment.

Integration Power on Demand
At the foundation of Ensemble is a Universal Service Architecture that provides consistent, efficient object representation of disparate programming models and data formats to enable use of the latest, most powerful development tools and technologies. Legacy data and functionality, as well as enterprise applications and technologies, can be accessed as reusable .NET or J2EE components, Web Services, XML or as relational tables and stored procedures - all at the same time. A SAP BAPI would be presented to Java developers as a Java class, while .NET developers could access the same BAPI as a C## class or as SQL stored procedures, for example. Developers can use their tools of preference, and there is no danger of lock-in to J2EE- or .NET-specific products.

Complementing this powerful, flexible architecture is Ensemble's distributed, high performance, ultra-scalable, SQL-compliant Persistent Object Engine, which manages and stores all metadata, messages and process state information, without the costs and overhead typical of relational databases. This Persistent Object Engine provides real-time access to both live and previously processed messages for auditing and business activity monitoring (BAM), and high reliability and recoverability for long-running business processes.

Integration Ease for Speed and Cost-Effectiveness
The integration landscape is littered with projects that represent extremely expensive partial solutions. This is especially true of complex integration scenarios involving a wide variety of different integration goals and in enterprises with largely heterogeneous data repositories, applications and development technologies.

Ensemble's comprehensive and innovative functionality makes it possible to dramatically reduce potential services costs and create a successful integration project, due to its consistent architecture and ease of use. Key to developer ease is Ensemble's Full-Spectrum Integration. A unified graphical, XML and code-based development environment simplifies and accelerates modeling and automating of business processes and supports rapid, service-oriented development of composite applications that leverage existing data and functionality and take advantage of new technologies.

Addressing the critical area of maintaining and administering an integrated system, Ensemble provides easily customizable, extensible and seamlessly integrated end-to-end management and monitoring facilities that support rapid problem diagnosis and debugging via Ensemble's built-in message tracing facility, Visual Trace This sophisticated functionality makes it possible to optimize service levels and minimize staff burdens by automatically monitoring critical resources and generating alerts specific to any enterprise. The result is lower operating expenses and minimized potential for problems tied to using multiple tools from diverse vendors.

Rapid Integration:
From Concept to Reality in 90 Days

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has clear proof of what rapid integration really means. "We want to integrate the information in 59 different applications running on a variety of operating platforms into a composite portal application that provides a single view of all relevant data about an individual client," explains Ben Harris, Deputy Secretary Operations and Information Technology for DCF.

DCF serves a statewide population with programs designed to provide care and support for Florida's most vulnerable citizens, including abused and neglected children, the elderly and disabled, and those who are physically and mentally challenged or substance dependent.

Getting a single view of client information means integrating applications running on platforms that range from IBM mainframes to PCs and accessing data repositories that include Microsoft SQL, Oracle, IMS, DB2, Access and Visual FoxPro, as well as InterSystems' Caché post-relational database.

Leveraging Ensemble's comprehensive functionality, DCF developers created a test bed integrating information from five systems. The composite application went live just 90 days after project initiation.

Based on that success, DCF is continuing an aggressive initiative that will seamlessly integrate the information across all 59 systems in what is now called the OneFamily application series. The Ensemble integration project is also delivering concrete returns on DCF's technology investment, according to Harris. "With as much as 80% of needed information already existing in our legacy systems, the cost to rewrite all 59 systems would run to hundreds of millions of dollars," he says. "By integrating the legacy information with new screens accessed by an Ensemble-based composite application, we'll save more than 90% of that potential cost."

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