Blockchain And The Next Integration Evolution – Part 1
Integration is important to blockchain technology. Learn about all the integration systems evolved. The discussion is quite expansive.
What Is The Idea Of Integration?
In the context of integration evolution, there is one way to look at distributed ledger technologies a blockchain as over the years businesses, as well as their systems, get more integrated forming industry-specific trustless networks and blockchain technology as in the foundation of the evolutionary step.
The Enterprise integration
To operate in a unified and consistent way large organizations have a large number of applications running in separate silos needing to share data and functionality as the process is of linking such as these applications within a single organization, therefore, enabling the sharing of data and business processes called enterprise application integration. Among themselves, organizations need to share data and functionality in a controlled way needing to integrate and automate the key business processes extending outside the walls of the organization and this is where the latter is an extension of the EAI achieved by exchanging structured messages using agreed-upon message standards referred to as business-to-business integration.
The Evolution of integration
Gradually evolving and built on top of each other, there isn’t a year as certain integration technologies became mainstream rather focusing on the specific technology and year it is better to observe the progression happening over the decades seeing why it is the next technology iteration. Her we explore briefly the major technological advances in each evolutionary step.
The Data Integration
One of the oldest mechanisms for information access across different systems along with the following two primary examples is this :
Used for system integration within organizations is the common database approach.
While the file-sharing method comes to be used for within and cross-organization data exchange, as with universal protocols similar to FTP file sharing allows the exchange of application data running across machines and operating systems.
In this case, both approaches are non-real-time, batch-based integrations with limitations around scalability and reliability.
All About The Functionality Integration
Following the fact that data integration provided the non-real-time data exchange as the methods described allow real-time data and importantly functionality exchange:
Providing significant improvements over low-level socket-based integration remote procedure call hides networking and data marshaling complexity as an early generation, language-dependent, point-to-point client-server architecture.
Introducing the broker component, object request broker architecture allows multiple applications thereby in different languages reusing the same infrastructure and talk to each other in a similar peer-to-peer fashion additionally the CORBA model comes with the notion of naming, security, concurrency, transnationality, registry, and language-independent interface definition.
What Is The Service-Oriented Architecture?
Web Services standards are the main aspects of SOA relevant for the purpose where XML provides language-independent format for the exchange of data, SOAP provides common message format as also WSDL that provides an independent format for describing service interfaces forming the foundation of web services. Here it comes combined with the ESB and BPM implementations that these standards make integrations that are focused on the business integration semantics whereas the prior technologies were enabling system integration primarily.
Allowing systems not to exchange data blindly, web services, therefore, have machine-readable contracts and interface definitions as the contracts allow a system to understand and validate the data before interacting with the other system.
The Blockchain-Based Integration
It is seen that exchanging data over common protocols and standards do help as the service contracts do not provide insight about the business processes hidden behind the contracts running on remote systems with a request being valid according to the contract but invalid depending on the business processes’ current state as even more problematic is when integration is not between the two parties whereas in the client-server model among the multiple equally involved parties in a peer-to-peer model.
There are sometimes multiple parties that come to be part of the same business process owned by no one party but all of the parties were the prerequisite comes to be proper functioning of the multiparty interaction that is the transparency of the common business process in its current state. This makes all the blockchain technology attractive for implementing distributed business processes among multiple parties.
Extending the use of shared protocols as also service contracts with shared business processes and contained state is the model as with blockchain all the participating entities share the same business process in the form of a smart contract. It is here to validate the requests, process and to be concluding that the business process needs the same state achieved through the distributed ledger sharing
all the past states of a smart contract not a goal but a prerequisite of the shared business process runtime.
To Be Continued
The discussion extends to the second part. There is more information coming handy to be explained by the use of integration.