THE ANCIENT ROMAN MIDDLEWARE
At some point when managing a business and dealing with clients' data, operations, employees, you generate numerous databases. They should somehow communicate without disrupting your business practices. You ask around among people who dealt with stuff like that before. That is usually the point when you stumble upon a thing called "middleware". So, one wonders - what is middleware? How does it work? Do I need it?
If those are your questions, chances are – you already need it.
Middleware acts as that aqueduct that carries the data between two corporate databases or pieces of software
Your software's software
To make understanding of middleware easy, one can go back in history for a bit – to the Roman Empire. A complicated system like the city of Rome needed a critical resource – water, for the system to continue operating. To get drinking water from the river system to the city Romans built a state-of-the-art plumbing system and aqueducts. Middleware acts as that aqueduct that carries the data between two corporate databases or pieces of software to provide the resources and communication between them.
With two databases that long for a close connection and a metaphorical understanding of middleware, the next step is to know how they work and what kinds of middleware there are. Depending on your goals, business practices, and specifications one's business may need different types of middleware. Those include:
APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE - a set of software-building tools that lets your product communicate with other products without having to know how they're implemented.
APPLICATION SERVER - is a framework that provides the functionality to create apps and a server on which to run them.
TRANSACTION PROCESSING (TP) - maintains the integrity of your database by controlling transaction apps and enforcing business logic and rules.
REMOTE PROCEDURE CALL (RPC) A client-server interaction that allows your application or functionality to be distributed across multiple platforms
MESSAGE-ORIENTED MIDDLEWARE (MOM) - a ‘cooler' RPC that lets client-server interaction happen asynchronously.
OBJECT REQUEST BROKER (ORB) – a client-server interaction that allows remote services to be accessed as if they were local.
All of the above aims to make the intracompany and intercompany software communications, relations between two products, and their future use, possible and make it simple. But who should do it for you?
Just like the amount of data in your databases – it is a lot to process. But like Roman plumbing (and any kind of plumbing) if you're not aware of it, it's a sign that everything ‘s working perfectly and you don't have to carry the water in buckets each time you need to cook. Same with middleware.
We all want professionals to handle our troubles. The more specific the issue the more we rely on them. Especially if it is creating a middleware framework for a rapidly growing business. That's why hiring a reputable software house like Tentacle Solutions, who will visit your business, analyze your issues, and find out if you need to integrate middleware and what kind, is highly advisable. That not only put the weight of reading through lots of documentation on APIs and other middleware off your shoulders but make your databases smooth and communications between apps and software – easy.