To accomplish that goal, the enterprise integration group needed a design that could:
- Perform optimally on the company’s standard commodity Linux platforms.
- Handle complex data transformations
- Scale easily to support growth
- Deploy solutions rapidly that support integration of new third-party businesses and additional business cases
- Deploy or be embedded within the services-based retail platform
The enterprise integration group’s needs were among the most complex within the organization. It became clear that achieving scalability requirements would force it to make a significant investment. Having operated on an established transformation platform thus far, the group initially looked at how to fit this or other competing middleware solutions into its SOA architecture. A major challenge was that the traditional transformation vendors wanted to ‘own’ the middleware infrastructure, and licensing costs to support the needed scalability were prohibitive. Additionally, these solutions did not technically meet the requirements the company had for deployment. As part of its design strategy, the company hoped to leverage many technologies that ‘played well’ together. This approach provided flexibility in the architecture and deployment of the new integration solution.
With vast and complex third-party integration design requirements, the enterprise integration group quickly realized it would need a best-of-breed approach to manage critical data transformations. This meant that the retailer not only needed a solution that would fit into its advanced SOA, but it also had to be able to handle very complex data transformations. The only solution they found that could meet the complexity of its data transformations, and also meet the stringent architectural needs, was OpenText™ Contivo™.
On top of the company’s operational needs, regulatory requirements to protect sensitive information and ensure data security, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), were also important to the global retailer. Fortunately, Contivo is also part of the OpenText™ Alloy™ platform which ensures more than just compliant people, processes, infrastructure and applications. The OpenText™ Managed Services model and platform offer compliance at the data layer, across the entire data lifecycle—ensuring compliance for today’s requirements and easily adaptable to future requirements.