For the past few months, I’ve been digging into my new role with a group of Portfolio Architects, looking specifically at integration as the key to omnichannel customer experience.
It’s an interesting challenge in that we’ve been given the mission of creating architectural content based on common customer adoption patterns. That’s very different from most of the traditional marketing activities usually associated with generating content for the sole purpose of positioning products for solutions. When you’re basing the content on actual execution in solution delivery, you’re cutting out the chuff.
What’s that mean?
It means that it’s going to provide you with a way to implement a solution using open source technologies by focusing on the integrations, structures, and interactions that actually have been proven to work.
What’s not included is any vendor promises that you’ll find in normal marketing content: those promises that, when it gets down to implementation crunch time, might not fully deliver.
Enter the term architectural blueprint.
In this series of articles, let’s look at these blueprints, how they are created, and what value they provide for your solution designs.
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With the release of Apache Camel 2.21, some new components were added to the project and Camel WordPress was one of them. Camel is one of the upstream community projects for Red Hat Fuse. In this article, we will see how to use this new component to publish an auto-generated news post based on a soccer statistics API. The example consumes the statistics API, generates the text based on a Natural Language Generation (NLG) library and then publishes it to the WordPress blog.
WordPress is one of the most used open source tools for creating websites. More than 30% of the web is built on top of WordPress. Besides creating websites, blogs, and apps, WordPress leverages a huge plugin repository maintained by a passionate community. There are even plugins that can turn a WordPress website into an e-commerce platform.
Since version 4.7, WordPress exposes a REST API capable of interacting with its resources, for example, users, categories, pages, posts, and custom types. Now it’s possible for third parties to integrate with the WordPress platform and perform almost anything with their resources.
Some companies implement internal websites, blogs, and project sites using WordPress. Integrating such platforms with another company’s components—such as CRM, ERP, LDAP, and Calendar Services—would add extra value to WordPress-based projects. Camel WordPress can help integrate those components easily. To get started using this new component, nothing is better than a demo.
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This is part one of my two-article series that demonstrates how to implement contract-first API design using Apicurio and Red Hat Fuse. It covers how to create an OpenAPI standard document as the contract between API providers and consumers using Apicurio Studio. It also shows how to quickly create mock tests using Red Hat Fuse which is based on Camel.
There are two common approaches when it comes to creating APIs:
- Code first (top-down)
- Contract first (bottom-up)
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Red Hat Fuse 7 (formerly called Red Hat JBoss Fuse) is now officially available. This cloud-native, distributed solution allows developers to easily develop, deploy and scale integration applications. Architects can compose and orchestrate microservices with Red Hat Fuse to introduce agility to the systems. In this release, Fuse also empowers integration experts and business users to become more productive with the self-service low-code platform. With this new agile integration solution, enterprises can now engage in wider collaboration with and among partners at a much quicker pace.
Here’s where you can download it: https://developers.redhat.com/products/fuse/download/.
What’s in Fuse 7?
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With the June 2018 release of Red Hat 3scale API Management 2.2, adding API Gateway policies to your API management layer is easier than ever.
What is a Policy?
Red Hat 3scale API Management provides units of functionality that modify the behavior of the API Gateway without the need to implement code. These management components are know in 3scale as policies. The configuration for the bundled policies is available from the API Manager Portal, where you can define the behavior of your API integration.
The order in which the policies are executed, known as the “policy chain”, can be configured to introduce differing behavior based on the position of the policy in the chain. Adding custom headers, perform URL rewriting, enable CORS, and configurable caching are some of the most common API gateway capabilities implemented as policies.
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Fuse Online Tech-Preview is available TODAY! This is great news to my integration developer friends, check out the new Red Hat Fuse Online integration platform. Fuse Online is easy to use and low code platform for system integrators. System integrator now plays a very important role in the Enterprise IT, because they have the ability to interconnect with partner, vendors, and internal systems. Companies now need to deal with the increasing number of APIs/digital touch points that need to weave together. And the time they were given for them to integrate has just gotten shorter! Red Hat Fuse online is just the right tool for this.
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In architecting end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, one of the biggest challenges is how to integrate IoT data with data streams from enterprise systems and external sources. Traditionally, businesses have used an enterprise service bus (ESB) and service-oriented architecture (SOA) to integrate and connect different systems and applications. However, this integration approach, due to its complexity and time-consuming implementation cycle, is not suitable for the rapidly moving needs of digital business imperatives like IoT. Given IoT’s adaptive nature, agile integration should be considered.
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Microservices is probably one of the most popular buzz words among my fellow developer friends, and I do like the concept of being flexible, agile and having simply having more choices. But as a person that worked in the software integration space for years, I started to see some resemblance of the old ESB days.
Looking at the problem from ten thousand feet up. A decade ago, we had to come up with a better way of organizing the spaghetti connection in between systems, stop duplicating effort on the same piece of business logic. That is when service-oriented architecture (SOA) became popular. By modularizing services, sharing them among others systems, and organize ways of communication, routing of data. And ESB is one implementation of that, maybe not necessarily how it should be done.
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Integration is still around but in a different form. So, what does modern integration look like? Looking at how agile scrum has taken over traditional waterfall development framework, by enabling shorter delivery cycles, faster feedback, and having the flexibility to rapidly adapt to changes. I believe it’s time for traditional integration to be agile again. By breaking up traditional ESB into distributed microservices.
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I wanted to blog about this for a very long time, but because of work and being too lazy to turn on my laptop on the weekends, I now finally have a couple of hours to sit down and start blogging.
“Integration is DEAD.”
“No, no, let’s talk about microservice!”
“What is that again? Integration, you mean SOA? It’s lame…”.
Continue reading “The rise of Agile Integration, Integration is not DEAD nor LAME!”