CBIA Uses Magic's integration platform to Integrate its Core Business Systems and Processes
“iBOLT provides an orderly process for managing business processes using Web services by separating the underlying business logic from the presentation layer regardless of platform. iBOLT will bring us the benefits of reusability and stability through loosely coupled real-time and non-real time interfaces.”
Tom Day, CIO, CBIA
With 10,000 member companies, CBIA is the largest statewide business organization in the country, and acts as the voice of business and industry in Connecticut. CBIA public policy staff works with state legislators and officials to help shape specific laws and to promote a regulatory system that responds to businesses' needs. In addition, CBIA provides businesses with consulting and other services, including health, retirement, and workplace safety programs.
CBIA was operating a number of departmental systems without full process integration. Internal development efforts could clearly be improved by providing process and service orchestration. They needed to integrate Microsoft Great Plains accounting software running on Windows, SBPA Systems Group Benefits Administration Systems on Open VMS, a CRM system based in Lotus Notes, and the Protech Association management system developed using Magic’s eDeveloper.
Magic's iBOLT integration platform was used to automate business processes and enhance the integration of existing information technology systems. iBOLT manages business processes between a number of existing applications, including accounting, health insurance, customer relations management (CRM), and association management software running across multiple platforms and databases.
Using Magic's technology, CBIA has already implemented systems for managing processes triggered by the CRM system in an automation queue, while handling exceptions and human workflow.
iBOLT integrates a wide array of systems enabling smooth business processes. The key benefit of iBOLT is business-on-demand. Information is available whenever required through a combination of synchronous real-time processing, near real-time batch processing, and scheduled activities."
The iBOLT platform includes the iBOLT Studio for business process modeling, integration flow design, and composite application development. The iBOLT Server can bridge processes from a wide variety of technology environments including Microsoft .NET, Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), and legacy computer systems, such as mainframe and midrange computers, which use outdated greenscreen interfaces, including 3270, 5250, and VT. In addition, iBOLT provides emulation and monitoring capabilities, so that bottlenecks and problem areas can be easily identified in usiness processes.