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  • Writer's pictureVictor Kmita

The Esense of Middleware Application in 2024

Imagine a large company like Amazon has many systems and processes inside that are not connected at the software level. Each department has its closed digital system, and employees must spend more effort maintaining operational integrity.

This was a clear illustration of the situation a few years ago. However, middleware tools laid the foundation for business process design, providing seamless integration of internal components between themselves and external sources to ensure efficient company activity.

So, let's investigate middleware architectures and why they have no expiration date.

 

The notion of middleware application

There needs to be a common understanding among programmers of what middleware is. Some people think that it can be any software, depending on the purpose of its usage. But to be more precise, middleware is a kind of software that acts as a link between external/internal systems and components.

It adds an extra level of abstraction across different software components, insulating them from the underlying intricacies. Middleware enables programs to communicate data and requests via established communication protocols, eliminating the need for direct integration.

This indirect connection streamlines the development process, increasing its flexibility and scalability.

It provides high-level capabilities that go beyond the core system features. For example, it makes static processes (storage of data in the database) dynamic (automatic notification of all interested parties about any changes in the database).

The middleware software industry has increased rapidly in the recent past. It will increase from $74.48 billion in 2023 to $77.31 billion by 2024. The historical expansion may be ascribed to increased sophistication in IT systems, business procedure optimization, the increasing popularity of e-commerce, legacy system integration, globalization, and supply chain dynamics.

2024' Main trends for intelligent middleware

One of the significant industry trends in the worldwide middleware business is the increasing use of microservices architecture. They provide a more modular and adaptable software development method, allowing enterprises to divide big programs into smaller, independently deployable components.

This technique has various benefits, including improved agility, scalability, and robustness. In addition, microservices enable enterprises to choose programming languages and frameworks. It leads to improved speed and efficiency. This trend is expected to improve the growth in the middleware market because many organizations apply this approach to software development.

The increase in rapid internet access is projected to drive the IoT middleware industry. In general, fast internet is substantially quicker than analogue dial-up services.

Growing demand for such connectivity will necessitate improved solutions and intelligent middleware that build more significant links between devices and enable speedier functionalities.

Core Types Of The Middleware

  • Database middleware. It keeps interaction between remotely located databases (or databases and other systems) and gathers, proceeds, and transfers data contained there.

  • Remote procedure calls. It allows system function distribution across multiple platforms. Local programs can request service from software located on a remote computer. This middleware provides synchronous data transfer when both client and server are online during their communication.

  • Object middleware. It runs all kinds of communication between system components, allowing for transferring requests and other data using an object-oriented system.

  • Message-oriented middleware. It is used for reliable and secure storage and transfer of protected information (like personal data) between internal and external systems.

  • APIs or protocols. They help written systems that use different technologies to interact seamlessly with each other. Each system does not need to consider how another one was implemented during the operation.

What Principal Tasks Middleware Perform

It provides an effective business process implementation, connecting completely different components. The middleware layer is always about communication between systems and subsystems. Therefore, it is the main task of this software.

It enables significant systems to remain authentic and independent. In the case of point-to-point integration, a moment comes when it is impossible to change this system without changing all the components connected with it. This is unreasonable, and middleware solutions help to bypass this way.

Its usage is essential in moving from monolithic architecture to microservices. It allows large and vital monolithic systems (ERP, CRM) to become flexible, working with the main body of data, and providing the core system with relevant information for further processing.

Middleware reflects the business logic that integrates the company's systems into a whole one.

What Determines Middleware Application Efficiency

There is no bad middleware, there are cases of misapplication. First of all, the effectiveness of this software is determined by whether it solves the assigned tasks. In this case, it all depends on the current company's condition. The technology stack used in the development also affects the further operation and maintenance of the solution. Meanwhile, the following metrics are of great importance here too:

  • speed and error-free data processing;

  • the degree of scalability;

  • the level of reliability;

  • clarity and simplicity in making amendments;

  • seamless integration of the main systems;

  • the degree of negative impact on the entire system or separate components operation, etc.

Among the most popular ready-made middleware are:

  • IBM WebSphere The entry-level price starts at $88.50 per month, and it’s used by 100K companies worldwide

  • XME.digital fast-code platform Open-source & enterprise versions focus on Telecommunication & Retail companies

  • Oracle Weblogic The entry-level price is $200 (as of 2023) per month and companies like Univera, American Well Corporation, and Cooper Companies Inc. trust it.

  • Apache Tomcat (is used by Walmart, General Motors, Delta Virtual Airlines, etc.)


Source: G2 about Oracle Weblogic


Box solutions are helpful for companies without complicated procedures and connections between their internal systems. Anyway, as can be seen, they also have significant cons, like a low level of convenience and clarity. So management often thinks about custom development. Why not? It fully meets the client's demand, and covers all the procedures. Such middleware also has a clear logic and understandable interface.

The fast-code platform is a smart choice for custom middleware design. Its features have already helped to create:

1) Microservice-based order management system as a connection component between the contact center and monolithic ERP. It enables the last one to proceed with always relevant data and makes the core system flexible.

2) Scalable delivery calculator for a retailer with 20+ million customers that gathers information from different channels and operating requests in real-time mode. Due to its peculiarities, such middleware also supports an omnichannel, impacting other systems' work and development.


The business examples of recent middleware advancements

February 2024, was a prominent time for L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS), which is a technological consulting and R&D services provider.

The company announced a strategic alliance with BlackBerry. This idea opened a new chapter in automotive innovation. This concept resulted in a new era of automobile invention.

The collaboration involves LTTS incorporating advanced BlackBerry technologies like QNX Hypervisor, BlackBerry IVY automotive information platform, and QNX acoustics middleware, into its offerings. Integration of these technologies will allow LTTS to get solutions to market more rapidly and ensure that these solutions are safe and secure for essential applications.

Valeo launched anSWer in September 2023, a revolutionary offer that combines software as a product with a service. This creative, accessible, scalable, and modular solution includes high-quality apps, middleware, and services adapted to their clients' demands.

Lenovo reiterated its commitment to India in August 2023 by opening its Shared Support Center in Bengaluru, indicating a significant step towards technological solutions and innovative capabilities.

The location, which supports Lenovo's global consumers, has a Network Operating Centre (NOC) and a Security Operation Centre (SOC) dedicated to providing Remote Infrastructure Managed Services (RIM).

These services include management of servers, operating system administration, virtualization, storage solutions, networks, data security, middleware, security operations, public cloud operations, and vendor relations.


Cloud middleware and its importance

As enterprises shift to cloud-native development, they must focus on application platforms' initial design and architecture. This entails selecting and configuring frameworks and features for creating, deploying, and executing applications, all managed by middleware.

With these skills, a company may reap more significant benefits from the cloud. Applications may be deployed across numerous infrastructures, including on-premises systems and public clouds, and continue to function correctly.

Organizations use middleware cloud to ease deployment and management and keep developing apps speedy and affordable. Middleware enables application environments to function smoothly and uniformly over a massively dispersed platform. It may also assist with software supply chain security, DevSecOps methods, and automation, allowing teams to develop new and better apps quicker while controlling security concerns.


How can a fast code platform simplify middleware product development?

The XME.digital team has helped many clients from different domains develop highly scalable, robust middleware with a unified interface that optimizes employee productivity. It became possible due to the following fast code platform features and benefits:

The platform provides a technical base and allows you to focus on the application's business logic. It also contains logic extension points, the instruments that enable business logic customization under specific user conditions.

The solution is based on Jhipster customization and the Spring/Spring Boot framework. These are sets of high-level services and tools, allowing the creation of middleware that can run both on-premise and in the Cloud.

A standardized toolkit reduces the number of technologies that can solve the same issue. And the popular technology stack allows a company user to find the best specialist in a large community.

Toolkits and templates provide an opportunity to design middleware on a tight schedule.

Open API. The client can use the source code for further development without vendor participation.


Summary

The XME.fast code platform stands out as an enterprise integration middleware platform that allows companies to upgrade their infrastructures for seamless scaling and flexibility. The platform supports modern technologies and ability to effortlessly connect multiple systems which makes it a good choice for developers seeking to bridge disparate computing environments.

Need more details to dive in? Contact our sales team to discover how XME.fast code platform can help you from day one.



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