The Jihsun FHC has numerous financial applications running under hosts.
After became a FBC, Jihsun plan to implement an EAI
solution to integrate all legacy application across all companies within
Jihsun Group. The Jihsun turned to
MCS to help automate this
business integration process.
The Jihsun wanted to leverage their existing investments in mainframe technology and create a
message interface that would allow
all financial channels to
communicate directly to the host application, lowering the labor costs, error rates, and time associated with the
API development process.
Jihsun had previously used API tools to
XML-enable applications, but integration built upon these tools proved difficult to maintain and troubleshoot. They were looking for a new kind of solution.
The previous experiences with
API showed that approach is not scalable
and it difficult to troubleshoot your work. MCS and the
Jihsun used their experiences with web-enablement to develop a strict set of requirements for evaluating possible integration solutions. Requirements included:
· No changes to existing host applications. The
Jihsun wanted to leverage investments in their existing host applications.
· No Performance
issue and maintenance problems with middleware.
· Compatible with Microsoft's .NET. The solution needed to allow
customer to use .NET technologies at the application server.
· Session management on the BlueStar.
Based on MCS's recommendation, the
Jihsun uses BlueStar and Microsoft
BizTalk Server to XML-enabled their host applications.
All front-end channels interact with the host application through a
XML interface generated. The
client send requests to BlueStar business logic components and wait for the results to come back. The business logic components process the user's request and interact with
BlueStar using Microsoft's XML interface (MSXML 4.0) to retrieve the data necessary to fulfill the request.
Since BlueStar runs on the
Windows, it eliminated the cost of purchasing, configuring, and maintaining
at Windows server and dedicated to communicating with the mainframe host applications. The clear separation between the host and the
front-end channel also made it easy for programmers to troubleshoot and identify problems during development.
BlueStar reduced the amount of manual labor involved in processing
business transaction by more than
30% by eliminating the need to
API development. BlueStar's scalability will allow
MCS and the Jishun to
XML-enable other applications without requiring additional licenses or hardware.
For MCS, BlueStar has become an important tool in their growing legacy extension practice. Its architecture and simplicity allow
MCS to integrate host applications with other applications quickly and easily, saving clients time and money. "BlueStar represents a tremendous opportunity to provide client services around legacy extension," says
MCS Sr. consultant Jim Hsu. "Using
BlueStar, we can deliver scalable integration solutions to our clients faster and cheaper than we would otherwise be able to."