Integration and Interoperability

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Integration and Interoperability

Integration and Interoperability

The words integration and interoperability are sometimes used interchangeably when describing how to connect applications and data across the enterprise. The terms, while closely related, are different, and muddying the distinctions may also muddy the options when designing an integrated system.

Interoperability is the ability of two things to work together. Interoperability is a lower-level concept, referring to the ability for platforms, technologies, or protocols to understand and use the functionality of each other. JNBridgePro is an interoperability tool because it enables the Java and .NET frameworks to work together, as if there was no difference between them.

Integration is a higher-level concept that implies assembling and managing components into a larger system of combined functionality: for example integrating an inventory system, fulfillment system and payment system together into an e-commerce system. In order to integrate each subsystem, they need to interoperate — they need to exchange things like data, messages and control, and they need to interoperate in a structured and ordered way in order to achieve this higher-level functionality.

Integration may include aspects such as:

  • Management integration: the ability to manage and control through a central location or dashboard.
  • Data integration: exchange of data between various formats.
  • Orchestration: the ability to manage complex cross-domain processes and handle exceptions.
All of the above require interoperability between the various components in order to achieve the required integration.

Conventional integration tools, such as integration brokers and ESBs, are designed to integrate specific components so they will work together within larger systems. Integration tools do this very well, but they are not universal: there's always demand for adding new components to the mix.

JNBridgePro, as a Java & .NET interoperability tool, is a universal tool that allows any .NET component to work together with any Java component. For example, JNBridgePro's universality as an interoperability tool can be used by the owner of a message broker or ESB to integrate with new components which they couldn't before. JNBridgePro not only makes the "incompatible interoperable," it makes the 'dissimilar integratable."

JNBridgePro has some features that fall under our definition of integration: for example it integrates the Java and .NET garbage collection mechanisms and supports transactions with 2-phase commit.

The JNBridge JMS Adapter for .NET and the JMS Adapter for BizTalk Server are full integration tools: built using the interoperability technology in JNBridgePro, they enable you to combine the functionality of your JMS infrastructure with your .NET-based applications or BizTalk Server.

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