Role of Systematic Reuse in Enterprise Integration

Systematic reuse in the context of enterprise integration provides several benefits:

  • allows the team to evolve consistent set of data interfaces across integration efforts – if multiple systems need to integrate with yours, can you define a generic data model for your domain-specific concepts? This could be file layout(s), service interface schemas, or platform specific APIs
  • enables common interfaces for domain specific services and business processes
  • integration points often need cross-cutting concerns such as logging, transaction management, exception handling, etc. that can be reused
  • reusable utilities can help with support and testing tools – for instance,  reply failed messages, drain message queues/topics, generate high volume test data, etc.

Question is – are your teams taking advantage of integration points? or is each integration point implementing identical or similar functionality in an inconsistent fashion?

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