TIBCO, Integration, Visualization

TIBCO is an established Enterprise Application Integration product. Enterprise Application Integration came out from middleware technologies and right now about to get overridden by Service-oriented Architecture (SOA). In a Service-oriented Architecture communication between various services are fundamental and most of the Enterprise Application Integration patterns will be covered by various components of SOA. Will TIBCO then be an SOA platform? Yes. TIBCO has repositioned itself as an SOA platform already.

There is another paradigm shift that’s happening as service-oriented architectures get implemented in enterprises. Traditionally applications held the data and enterprise application integration tools helped these applications to communicate with...

Information Supply Chain

This is not a new thought. Over the years many people have thought about the information moving within an enterprise and created analogies to supply chains. This is an attempt to think independently on information supply chain.

Information Supply Chain, in my opinion, is to look at enterprise information from the perspective of a supply chain professional, with data replacing materials and goods. Once the supply chain is visualized and defined, it is possible to analyze value additions, optimize information flow and implement better governance.

From this perspective, applications in an enterprise IT landscape performs three functions. They produce data,...

Data and Computation

Business Intelligence (BI) has matured in the past 20 years or so of it’s existence. There has been a lot of developments in software and information technology during this period. One of the significant change is that computation has become cheaper than storage.

When BI was in the defining stages, querying the OLTP databases was not a viable option. This was mainly due to the fact that processing (computing) power was limited in OLTP systems and databases, and adding it would be costlier than moving the data to another place for OLAP analysis. If you tried to execute an analytical...

Introduction to Cryptography

Cryptography was a subject of interest among the Government agencies, military, banks and multinational corporations, until recently. The research and development in this area was mainly aimed at delivering the vital messages without being understood by the interceptors. As we move into an information society, now cryptography relates to everyones life. It has become one of the main tools of privacy, trust, access control, electronic payments, corporate security and countless other fields.

The history of Cryptography is 4000 years old and can be traced to the hieroglyphs of early Egyptian civilization. It played a crucial role in both the World...

Interactive Financial Exchange

Evolution in any form is to bring in complexity to the system. It is universal and inevitable. Now we are talking about banking industry, its language and the messaging systems that form the backbone of the industry.

Back in 1970s when computers were introduced in banking, the messages and files were mostly proprietary. Soon the industry realized the power of networking and common standards and numerous attempts were made to make the messages interoperable. In those days the resources were limited and most of the messages and standards that were devised aimed at transferring data efficiently between the end-points. The...