6 Things You Need To Know About xEngine

Xavor’s xEngine is a robust application integration solution which provides a basic infrastructure to connect your Agile PLM, Oracle E-Business Suite, Dynamics AX or CRM with other systems. Here’s a list of the top items I consider to be the things that you definitely need to know about this solution.

Extensible Architecture

xEngine is designed to be extensible, meaning that new systems can be integrated without any changes to the core infrastructure. xEngine has a very elastic adapter-framework which helps with an easy extension of the integrations. For example, you can choose from the list of application adaptors that xEngine provides OOB or you can create a custom one using services exposed by its adapter-framework.

Interoperability

It exposes standards-based inbound & outbound interfaces that can send and receive data as messages to any system. Interoperability is the biggest competing factor when it comes to communication between systems. With xEngine’s highly extensible and solid design, you are able to achieve interoperability without any special effort with the data or structure of the integration. Once configured, the adapters act as the bridge between the end systems and take care of the date communication for you.

Ease of Deployment

Compared to the conventional integration solutions, xEngine’s deployment is fairly quick especially when using out of the box adapters. It does not require complex configurations with end systems to make it work. The solution is built on Microsoft based technologies and doesn’t require any third-party licenses. This .NET based solution uses a very small message database which can live in all major database systems like Oracle, MS SQL Server & MySQL. The upcoming versions of xEngine are being built and verified on technologies other than Microsoft to reach an even wider audience.

Configurability

If you consider the configurations in making the integrations work especially when there are more than 2 systems involved, it is nothing less than a nightmare. Which system is talking to which system? What are the endpoints? How are these going to authenticate the requests? Where are the credentials stored? What data messages came in and what messages went out? How often do you want the integration to run and in what mode? Where is the audit log and what details does it contain? What if there was a failure while processing the message? How will the integration react to the failures? Who will be notified and when?

You can imagine how complex and overwhelming the integration process could become. With xEngine, you can manage all configurations in one place with its powerful yet user-friendly Administration portal which gives administrators the ability to easily manage and setup configurations as well as ongoing maintenance of the integrations through xEngine.

Visibility

xEngine gives you full data transparency between the integrated systems. It takes data from the source system and converts it into a standard based XML format and then tracks and shows the entire lifecycle of it from the source to the destination system. This includes when the information has been received, what was processed, when it started processing etc. It provides an audit log along with a time stamp and processing stage along the way. With the quick analytics dashboard, you receive full visibility of the messaged lifecycle of how many came in from which systems, how many processed successfully, if there were any failures, what was the cause of the failure along with time stamp, etc. Additional options regarding email notifications (that you may want to include) for instance is that you may want xEngine to send an email message when there is an error or failure that occurred. Also, for every message status, you can manage the email notifications.

Scalable Design

The modular design of xEngine enables multi-tenancy of integrations. While using one xEngine instance, you can integrate any number of system(s) to any other systems. This goes hand in hand with the extensible architecture built on universal standards using the XML and the adapter framework. All of your configurations stay in one place, so admins don’t have to hop between the directories and files to manage configurations in multiple places. Due to the elastic design, the solution has the ability to scale up without any architecture level changes. For example, if you’d want to integrate Agile PLM with Oracle EBS and later on integrate the same Agile PLM with a CRM system, we can use the same instance of xEngine with the CRM adapter (and other configurations) and your integration will be in working condition.

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Kashif-NawazAuthor: Kashif Nawaz
With over 9 years of experience, Kashif Nawaz has worked as a System Architect with a wide range of systems. These include CRM, integration, data migration and custom application development for high-tech industries.