Connectivity and integration is the glue that ties together businesses.


Connectivity Benefits

Integration is about moving and copying data between systems and applications, maybe filtering and transforming it on the way.

  • Flexible integration across internal operations, hybrid environments and extended value chains
  • End-to-end visibility into business transactions across the multi-enterprise digital value chain
  • Rapid change and exception management of business and technical resources within and beyond the enterprise

Three strands of Connectivity

Three strands are involved in connecting applications together.



To get the data out of the systems or to put data into systems, we need to first connect to those systems. Applications need to talk with each other over a communications protocol such as HTTP, MQ, FTP and others

Exchange Data

Data Exchange

Over the communications protocol applications exchange data, typically in discrete structures known as messages. The format of these messages can be

  • simply use a standard format such as XML, JSON, SOAP
  • binary defined from C structures or COBOL copybooks
  • defined by an industry standard (such as SWIFT in banking, HL7 in healthcare)
  • or even user-defined

Logic – Flow


In order to connect applications together so that their protocols and message formats interoperate, integration logic is applied. Integration is about connecting these endpoints together in meaningful ways such as Route, Transform, Enrich and Filter.

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