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Introducing Application Integration

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Roles, Responsibilities, and Tasks

This section provides an overview of the roles and tasks required to create integration solutions. This section includes the following topics:


Roles and Responsibilities

The following sections describe the roles that must be fulfilled for members of an integration solution team:

A successful integration solution requires input from all of these participants. Depending on the solution, one person may assume multiple roles and all roles might not be required.

Application Integration Specialists

Application integration specialists lead the implementation of an integration solution and drive the design effort. Application integration specialists are knowledgeable about the features and capabilities of the WebLogic Integration product, particularly the application integration capabilities. They consult with EIS specialists to determine requirements, map those requirements to WebLogic Integration features, and design an integration solution's architecture. Integration specialists are responsible for the end-to-end solution and have experience in the following areas:

EIS Specialists

EIS specialists are experts in the enterprise information systems (EIS) that are part of the integration solution. An EIS specialist provides the information needed to integrate the EIS into the integration solution, including external interfaces, connection protocols, EIS metadata and data formats, and EIS behaviors. EIS specialists are knowledgeable about all aspects of the applicable EIS system and they have experience in the following areas:

Technology Specialists

Technology specialists are experts in the various technologies used in integration solutions. Examples of technology specialists include:


Process for Creating Integration Solutions

This section provides a high level, end-to-end view of the process of creating integration solutions that involve EIS integration. It includes the following topics:

This section is a hypothetical or idealized solution designed to showcase product features rather than a suggestion of how to execute a plan. It is intended to supplement any methodologies or processes already used in your organization to build and deploy integration solutions.

Phase 1: Design the Solution

This phase involves two steps: defining the components of the integration solution and creating a detailed, end-to-end design.

Step 1: Define the Components of the Solution

The first phase is to define the components of an integration solution, which includes (but is not limited to) the following tasks:

For more information, see Understanding Application Integration.

Step 2: Create a Detailed, End-to-End Design of the Solution

Once you have defined the components of the solution, you need to create a detailed design that specifies:

This step involves the expertise of business analysts, system integrators, and EIS specialists. Note that an integration solution can be part of a larger integration solution.

Phase 2: Build the Solution

The next phase is to build the solution using the design-time tools described in Tools for Integration Solutions. Build tasks include:

This phase involves the expertise of technical specialists, such as designers (of business processes, web services, portals, and queries), developers, system integrators, database administrators, EIS specialists, and so on.

Phase 3: Deploy and Manage the Solution

The final phase is to deploy the integration solution in a production environment and monitor its ongoing operation.

This phase requires system administrators, network administrators, network operators, and specialists who operate the infrastructure of your organization.


Where To Go From Here

To begin using one of the BEA WebLogic Adapters for WebLogic Integration in your integration solution, refer to the "Getting Started" section of the Introduction in the adapter's User's Guide.


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