An Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) may serve as the cornerstone of your Service Oriented Architecture infrastructure, or you may feel an ESB is unnecessary and cumbersome. Many integration projects contain simple requirements and use cases that warrant including an ESB, integration framework, or alternative platform components in the integration solution. Selecting the appropriate solution mix requires integration reference architecture guidelines that include a comprehensive decision matrix. Team members strive to avoid complexity and inefficiency by specifying an optimal platform component mix, defining ‘the right tool for the job’, and developing scalable, agile integration solutions.
Do you have clear architecture, solution, and ESB PoC guidelines describing how your organization can wisely select integration infrastructure components and products? Successful enterprise architects and solution architects create an integration reference architecture decision framework, ESB use cases, and product selection guidelines containing:
- ESB use cases driving integration platform component and integration framework selection.
- Common Request for Proposal (RFP) categories and line items.
- Tools describing when to include an ESB, integration framework, or alternative integration platform components (i.e. Data Services Server, API Manager, Governance Registry).