Whether in the healthcare sector or in the industry-as soon as companies have different programs, applications and devices that should communicate with each other, a middleware usually comes into play. This mediates as a neutral program between the distributed applications. In doing so, it establishes a uniform communication, almost the mortar between IT systems. A middleware is a data turntable, which mostly works in secret, but without it the IT landscape in clinics, productions, banks or even workflows in logistics are hardly possible. But what must a good middleware be able to do?
The sandwich and the content in between
A sandwich without the right content in between would not be a delicious sandwich. This difference is also made by middleware within IT system landscapes. It does not provide for a round taste experience but for the holistic integration of applications and Web services and thus for efficient networking.
What are the most important tasks that a middleware should perform?
- Intelligent Data Distribution:
Daily large amounts of data are incurred in companies. The middleware fulfills the task of the Intelligent Data Manager. It is a neutral program between the various IT systems and ensures that they mesh smoothly and efficiently. Data models are simplified and available at the place where you really need them.
- Semantic and organisational interoperability:
Interoperability means that a system can collaborate with other systems or devices or exchange information without changing its contents. The semantic level has the task of obtaining a uniform understanding of the information units. For example, in the health sector, standards such as HL7 or dicom are often mentioned. The aim of the organizational interoperability levels is to establish common roles and authorization concepts. In the healthcare sector, the most important standard for this is IHE in manufacturing OPC UA. The middleware should therefore have the required interoperability according to the application requirement.
- Load distribution:
The more users and systems within a company, the greater the IT infrastructure must be, which can have a significant impact on investment costs. The middleware can bring about a cost reduction through load distribution by distributing and using all available resources flexibly and agilely. For example, the distribution of requests to different computers. A positive effect of this is the elimination of performance bottlenecks in terms of bandwidth and data stocks. This means that the right middleware can save infrastructure costs and increase performance.
Data volumes are not only to be managed, but above all to protect. Whether patient data in clinics, bank data of customers from online banking or production data of a factory-these may only be processed there and be visible to the group of people for whom they are intended. Any opening in an IT system poses a potential threat to security. Therefore, a middleware must meet the highest security requirements and always meet this integrity of data and messages.
- Protection against data loss:
The failure of servers, machines, or devices and the associated loss of data can have far-reaching and serious consequences for businesses. The larger the IT landscape, the more susceptible it can be to faults and failures. Here it is the job of a good middleware to protect against data loss by storing the data centrally and retrieving it after a failure.
Choosing the right middleware
When choosing the right middleware, you should be able to determine the individual requirements of your IT system landscape. You should ask these questions:
- Which standard interfaces does the middleware provide and can also be connected to old systems?
- Which competencies are required for operation and does the company offer extensive support?
- Is the solution constantly optimized and further developed?
- How scalable can the middleware be implemented?
Data hub Orchestra
Why can we give you these tips? Because we ourselves have developed a middleware and it has been successfully used by customers of all industries for years. The middleware orchestra combines all IT systems in a simple, secure and reliable way. Interoperability in accordance with all standard standards is guaranteed as much as the highest level of security.
For example, with orchestra, we were able to completely restore all data from a hospital after a large server outage and make an effective contribution to the smooth further process in the care and healing of people.
The satisfaction of our customers is just as important to us as a long-term partnership. That’s why we offer not only comprehensive support, but also professional advice and training for our customers and partners. In this context, orchestra is not only a solution for large corporations, but also interesting for SMEs by its very good scalability. If you have become curious, please take a look at our flyer and feel free to contact us without obligation for a consultation!