This is the first in a short series on application integration.
Imagine a small business, with an online e-commerce Web Store. The store lets customers browse and purchase products. It is built using ASP.NET MVC, and the data lives in a SQL Server database. Over the years, the store has gathered information on thousands of customers and their purchasing history.
The marketing team decides they need a small application to help them run marketing campaigns. Since marketing groups are very creative, they call the application Marketing. The ASP.NET developers who built the original site are busy, so they hire a small Ruby on Rails shop to build the application for them.
While the marketing application will have its own domain model, it will need to source customer information from the e-commerce application. In other words, integration is needed.
What are the approaches at your disposal for solving this problem?
So far we've looked at:
Welcome, my name is Paul Stovell. I live in Brisbane and work full time bootstrapping my own product company around Octopus Deploy, an automated deployment tool for .NET applications.
Prior to Octopus Deploy, I worked for an investment bank in London building WPF applications, and before that I worked for Readify, an Australian .NET consulting firm, where I was lucky enough to work with some of the best in the business. I also worked on a number of open source projects and was an active user group presenter. I've been a Microsoft MVP for WPF since 2006.