Over the course of my career, I have worked with many companies that were using the oldest, legacy-est of the legacy integration concepts – batch file transfers and nightly processing jobs. However, this type of integration introduces lengthy time gaps and delays between when data is generated and when it is processed. This can introduce an assortment of problems, especially for companies in our modern business climate with an expectation of immediate and current data access.
07 Jun 2012
MuleSoft officially launched the Mule iON integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) last month. Confluex works with many different companies using Mule ESB, and each have a unique combination of approaches, standards, appetites, and technology strategies. Because of all these factors, two nearly identical projects for different customers can require a wildly different approach. With iON, we now have another tool in our arsenal – another way we create a solution that may be a better fit than the tools that were previously available.
27 Apr 2012
Scrum Is Not a Serious Tool
I have been an Agile proponent for several years now. When I first started looking at Scrum as a solution for our company, I dismissed it outright. “This is light-weight project management.” “My boss will never take something serious that calls people ‘pigs’ and ‘chickens’” and most importantly “Where are the project plans and documentation!” This was designed for DotComs – not real companies!
Eventually, Scrum became pivotal to the success of some very aggressive and high-profile projects.
Your legacy system occupies prime data center real estate, surviving only with attentive 24-hour life support. It drains huge amounts of non-energy star power from the power grid, equivalent to all the other systems in your data center. You are afraid to shut it down to move the power cord to a new UPS out of a fear that it may never power up again. You make daily offerings to the spirits of long-dead IBM engineers in hopes that nothing ever happens to the server, because no one in your company remembers how to change a hard drive, not to mention where the power switch is located. Despite all this, deep inside you just wish it would die.