Shutting down the old platform opened up a whole host of new possibilities
Noticing that current methods no longer serve important functions in the best possible manner is usually the first indication that IT systems require updating. In Varma's case, there was a more concrete reason: the manufacturer intended to discontinue the integration platform that Varma was using.
However, Varma looked on this as a great opportunity. When considering its new platform, Varma wanted to examine things from a wider perspective.
“Our integration in general needed a major overhaul. We wanted to rethink how best to integrate our systems and bring our activities and processes into the agile development era,” says Varma's Andreas Asuja, Director, ICT architecture & integration services.
Help in selecting a new platform was on hand in the form of consulting from Digia, provided using the Fast Track concept. Fast Track consulting gave a quick overview of the architecture required for the integration solution.
“During the consulting period, we started to get a clear picture of what we really wanted from our integration platform.”
Afterwards, Varma decided to choose the IBM Integration Bus platform recommended by Digia. One of the factors affecting this decision was the platform's compatibility with older mainframe applications.