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High Volume Real Time Message Processing - an example

Fitted Recently we had a custom project with a large European telecoms company where Interlok was to be used as an external HTTP gateway for all inbound service requests.  The customer had looked at other solutions but Interlok had been proven to work nicely with their legacy systems. It was intended to be a high performance system, where all requests were expected to take 20ms or less.  The gateway had to be capable of handling 1.5 million messages a week with +10% for peak l...

What is Integration?

Fitted I often get asked what it is that I do; by my father, by family friends, other people who might not be in IT. Einstein says If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself; so here goes: Our software makes sure that the curtains between business and economy class are in the right place on the plane. Our software enables telecoms companies to provision new telephone lines / new mobile numbers. Our software makes sure your car gets serviced on time. Th...

There Is Nothing New Under the Sun

Fitted Sometimes I look at the state of integration and I think that things could be so much better. We’ve effectively been doing it since the Berlin airlift. By now you’d hope that things would have settled down and the ability to do integration would simply be a commodity and I would be out of a job. I’m not and that says more about each new generation of programmers than it does about me. Grace Hopper famously said that programming was like cooking dinner; you’re ...

Catching the cloud integration wave

Fitted When you go to the beach , whether for a surf or a gentle paddle, are you cowed by the swell of the ocean and the size of the waves, or do you run right in and make the most of it? With Forrester telling us to prepare for an integration “Tsunami”, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the best course of action would be to avoid the beach altogether, that today’s integration tools are somehow not up to the task and the “challenge” of integration is over...
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