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Last week our Orchestra Customer Meeting took place in Augsburg. We can look back on a successful event with numerous guests, interesting lectures and speakers and of course good conversations. We wrote this report for all who could not be there.

The focus of the Orchestra Customer Meeting was on the new Orchestra Healthcare Edition and Industrie 4.0 Engine.

This year’s Orchestra Customer Meeting of soffico GmbH and x-tention Informationstechnologie GmbH took place on 29th and 30th November 2017 with the motto “Orchestra connects!”. Harald Wenger, Managing Director of soffico GmbH, and Christian Bauer welcomed the 120 participants and opened the two-day event.

In order to provide participants with up-to-date information on the middleware, the future development and roadmap of Orchestra was given by Prof. dr. Bernd Hafenrichter, Managing Director of soffico GmbH. Strategic approaches and streaming analytics were presented as the next steps towards an intelligent integration landscape. In addition, new topics around the product development of Orchestra and innovations of the Orchestra 4.7 Release were shown.

Entertaining Beginning

The plenum received a very entertaining introduction to the topic of digitization through the interesting and informative lecture by Cem Karakya on cybercrime and security on the Internet. Many realized again how important media literacy is in a networked world.

Afterwards the participants were invited to follow the impressive lecture of the speaker Andreas Moser, simple system GmbH & Co. KG. This showed the realization of end-to-end procurement processes at simple system through digitalisation with Orchestra. This is not just a current topic it also shows clearly that the connectivity with Orchestra can  be adapted to any industry (watch live clip of the lecture in English).

Healthcare Track

Christian Bauer and Lukas Holzmann presented the new Orchestra Healthcare Edition. They gave an overview of the OHE components “Patients and Documentation Management”, their benefits and practical application as well as an outlook on developments of the Healthcare Edition.

Subsequently, Dr. Christoph Wagner, BD Cato GmbH, and Dr. med. Christian Uhlig, celsius37.com AG, talked about her experience with Orchestra in the Medical Oncology and Haemato-oncology Clinical Information System (MOCIS) project, which has brought together 26 participating clinics in Ireland and combined two systems. Orchestra facilitated the base of infrastructural networking and thus the connection of various clinical subsystems and hospital information systems.

Later in the day, Frans Plaisier, De Heer Software, and Harald Ostler provided insights into the Dutch healthcare industry, the use of cloud services, and the business transition from cloud user to cloud provider. In addition, the technical connection of teleconsil services at the University Hospital Tübingen via an IHE-XDS platform was presented by Dr. med. Jens Bauer referring to this he illustrates the possible use of communication server solutions.

Following a vivid presentation of the implementation strategy of an IHE archive of the edia.con group by Lars Forchheim, MSG gGmbH, Jürg Mühlemann from the University of Balgrist presented how the Orchestra REST Service Client can automatically generate free WiFi logins for hospital patients.

In the context of the lecture “Human Interaction” by Werner Kreitmeier and Florian Prien from the Ingolstadt Hospital, the integration of user interactions into the Orchestra Workflow was presented using the example of a productive implementation of an Orchestra Webchannel. The conclusion of the Healthcare lectures was made by Marco Hill from the district hospitals of Reutlingen with an explanation of the routing of HL7 MDM-news with the help of Orchestra.

In the meantime, the participants were invited to use the individual innovation workshop to actively shape the roadmap, to get in direct contact with the developers and to provide suggestions for innovations. Open questions were used to stimulate discussions on various topics such as human interaction and big data. During this innovation workshops especially the topic of cloud computing aroused great interest.

This topic was subsequently taken up again by Franziska Geiger, soffico GmbH, with an exciting talk about the hybrid cloud Juno. Juno was introduced as a new Orchestra component that allows the maximum flexible use of Orchestra in distributed networks. The example shows how Juno acts in the hybrid system as an extended arm of Orchestra.

Industry Track

The industy track was opened by Oliver Janzen from the DST consulting GmbH with the polarizing question “make or bye IT?”. He explained how and in which form central IT will be needed in the future, which IT-solution supports the digitization of a company in the best way and how Orchestra can help.

Afterwards Prof. Dr. Bernd Hafenrichter gives an idea how scalability can be realized in times of cloud and microservices. According to Hafenrichter, it is necessary to break new ground, which goes beyond the classical architectural approaches. He mentioned in particular the cloud technology, which showed that the new approaches have enormous potential for scalability. Fundamental principles, their boundary conditions as well as the resulting possible applications were discussed and presented in detail. Prof. Hafenrichter particularly focused on how these approaches can help to develop scalable integration landscapes.

Hans Peter Knaust from DST consulting GmbH gave a detailed insight into the optimization of company-wide maintenance processes. In the context of a presentation about the Smart Factory, the digitization of production by Christos Lithoxopoulos by neogramm GmbH and Co. KG was presented on the basis of numerous implementation examples. Afterwards Roland Klingler gave a description of the modular use of Orchestra in the Hugo Kern and Lieber GmbH and Co. KG. He explained how the modularization of interfaces can be realized in combination with work plan.

Then the participants were introduced to the new Orchestra Industrie 4.0 Engine, which harmonises and integrates system as a Manufacturing Service Bus manufacturings. According to Velten, agile-networked production will provide a platform in the future that will enable full vertical and horizontal integration along the value chain through a service-oriented architecture.

The lecture series “Industry” was completed by an exciting lecture by Matthias Escher about OPC-UA. By complementing the existing industry standard OPC, key features such as platform independence, high availability, and scalability can be realized more quickly and comprehensive protection against, for example industrial spionage, can be offered.

Due to this year’s motto “Orchestra connects!”, The partnership atmosphere was especially praised by the participants this year. Not only the workshops and the social evening event provided space for discussions, also the time between lectures was actively used for networking. In addition, a personal contact with the Orchestra developers could be established and suggestions and wishes could be conveyed directly to the contact person. The 2017 Customer Meeting once again focused on current topics such as Cloud Computing and Industry 4.0 in order to continue paving the way for digitalization.