Mule ESB digs deep to connect disparate data sources
Founded in 1897 as a coal mining company in Ube City, Japan, Ube Industries now offers diversified products through 140+ group companies, two headquarters and multiple factories. Managing data from these companies and factories across disparate production, logistics and accounting systems requires a complex network of internal management portals, frequently delivered via SAP.
Ube Industries adopted a commercial enterprise application integration (EAI) tool over a decade ago. When they first developed their ecosystem, stability and maintainability were not a problem. However, the volume and type of endpoints requiring integration increased dramatically over time and Ube’s legacy EAI tool could not scale to meet growing business needs. By 2013, the number of endpoints had risen to over 100 and system failures happened often. Identifying the root cause became increasingly difficult and a single bug could impact large portions of the architecture. When system downtime did occur, transactions within the affected systems ground to a halt. Recovering from these system failures required manual intervention, which increased dependency on individual skills and lengthened resolution time
Ube’s team decided to move to a new hub system that leveraged an enterprise service bus (ESB). The ESB would integrate business data between SAP ERP, Oracle, SQL Server, and over 100 homegrown and legacy applications.
To minimize migration time to market and resolve issues with the stability and maintainability of their existing architecture, Ube identified that the best integration solution should meet the following criteria:
- Ability to develop custom functions and logic with minimal system modifications
- Easy to use development tooling
- Availability of development resources
- Certified, out-of-the box connectivity with the SAP ECC ERP system
- High availability and scalability
The result of Ube’s evaluation on several candidate EAI and ESB products showed that only Mule ESB Enterprise met all five criteria.