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Posted on 6 December, 2018 by Riaan Ingram

Four Considerations When Selecting RPA for Integration

In a systems integration context RPA tools are enabling automated integration with legacy systems that wasn’t previously possible, easy or feasible. As with any technology, however, there are some scenarios where RPA is not a good fit (nothing is ever a silver bullet, is it?). In this blog I’m going to detail some key points you should consider before using RPA as another tool in the “integration” toolbox.

Posted on 17 May, 2018 by Riaan Ingram

Looking for the Perfect Enterprise Platform? It Doesn’t Exist…

One of the biggest issues I see in the market is the notion of procuring the perfect platform. When talking to a new or prospective client for the first time I will often hear “We have this mess on Product A, Database B so we’re thinking of moving to Platform X”. In my experience there is no single platform, product or framework that solves all the Information Technology problems a business will encounter. Every business is different. Every challenge is different. Every context is different.

Posted on 28 September, 2017 by Riaan Ingram

Microservices and Traditional System Integration

With the arrival of microservices, the lines between systems integration and applications are becoming increasingly blurred. Previously, a traditional enterprise application as a single big monolith would perhaps make some network calls to an integration layer to connect with other external single monolithic applications. These days a microservices approach advocates having intelligent APIs and building microservices just be big enough “to fit in your head”. This leads to many more integration points in a traditional business application between microservices, certainly more than what we encountered in a traditional enterprise systems integration.

Posted on 28 July, 2017 by Riaan Ingram & Siddharth Dubey

How to Invalidate Result Cache in OSB 11g and OSB 12c using Java Callout

Result Caching is a very popular Oracle Service Bus (OSB) feature which is often used for performance improvements. It allows local caching of response payloads from external services. Too often these cached payloads become outdated and need to be cleaned or refreshed, but programmatically controlling the selective ‘cleaning’ or refreshing of these response payload caches remains a challenge.

Posted on 28 February, 2017 by Riaan Ingram

Embedding Good API Practices in the Enterprise

APIs have become a critical tool for any business looking to digitize services, processes and operations. However, as the number of APIs grow so too can issues around security, efficiency and performance without the appropriate API governance in place.

In this blog I’m going to share some learnings on API best practices to help you build a lightweight governance layer that will improve experience across the enterprise and maximize the benefits of APIs for your business.