What You Can Learn
This book is intended to provide comprehensive guidance and understanding of the importance and nature of the different data domains within the EIA, the need for an architectural framework and Reference Architecture, and the architectural modeling approach and underlying patterns. Best practices, hints and tips, and practical guidelines underpin these concepts and models. Applying those best practices, readers learn how to derive the answers to questions such as the following:
- How can we keep up with ever-shortening cycle times of information delivery to the lines of business by applying architectural patterns? Obviously, applying a corresponding subset of the EIA Reference Architecture is essential for best practices and to ensure consistency, repeatability, and acceleration in designing, deploying, and operating information-centric solutions.
- How can we design information services with a methodological approach, from conceptual and functional building blocks down to operational requirements satisfying specific service levels? Vital to best practices surrounding information services aspects is the flexibility of the presented EIA Reference Architecture to be used in the context of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) style and within the concept of "Information as a Service." We provide hints and tips on how to use the EIA Reference Architecture in the context of information services.
- How can we apply advanced technologies and tools to mine new structured and unstructured data systematically? Naturally, our data domains and the information reference model are part of the EIA Reference Architecture, which not only refers to structured and unstructured data, but elaborates and provides hints and tips on deriving new business insight by applying mining techniques to both data domains equally.
- How can we outline new intelligence, leveraging more real-time operating capabilities? This evolving data-processing paradigm, geared toward deriving new and more relevant business insight based on applying advanced analytics to data streams in real-time, imposes challenges on the existing information architecture. Enterprises that are faced with these business challenges are urgently looking for a more architecturally advanced information-centric infrastructure, and our book provides a few examples and best practices on how to address these challenges from an architectural perspective.
- How can we create instant reaction and proactive applications in smarter businesses by applying architectural building blocks for specific business scenarios? An increasing number of use-case scenarios require significantly reduced latency in reacting to business events instantaneously. This book discusses means and best practices in using the EIA Reference Architecture, with its components and architectural building blocks, to enable businesses to become smarter.
- How can we design next-generation Enterprise Information Integration (EII), connecting data and leveraging the flow of information? IBM's existing technical value proposition in the EII domain is underpinned by a comprehensive set of products. Beyond products, our book provides guidelines and methodologies for applying these EII capabilities in the context of integrating information in emerging use-case scenarios and considering trends in chosen industries.