Enterprise Integrator Product Roadmap
Updated 1H 2019

Near-Term

Integration Runtime

  • Integrator runtime enhancements
  • Enhancement for data integration for rapid development of data services
  • JSON, File, and JMS component improvements
  • Streaming integration

Developer Experience

  • Updated graphical tooling
  • Template-based tooling dashboard
  • Enhanced data mapper and mapping simulator
  • Improved error detection support at development-time
  • On-the-fly testing and verification of integration scenarios with embedded runtime

Observability and Administration

  • Support for integration with third-party tools such as ELK, AppDynamics, Prometheus, etc.
  • Reduced operational and maintenance complexity
Medium-Term

Integration Runtime

  • Code-driven microservices integration with Ballerina language
  • Seamless integration of micro-integrator runtime with Kubernetes ecosystem
  • Simplified mediation language to improve usability
  • Augment message brokering capabilities with Apache Artemis and Kafka
  • First-class support for streaming Integration with Integrator runtime

Developer Experience

  • Seamless integration of Integrator tooling for coding on VSCode, unit testing, integration testing, config management, CI/CD integration
  • Seamless deployment on Docker, Kubernetes

Observability

  • Message tracing support (Jaeger)
Future

Integration Runtime

  • Comprehensive cloud-native integration runtimes for both config-driven and code-driven integration

Developer Experience

  • Web-based tooling to augment Eclipse-based tooling

Observability

  • Intelligent Analytics
  • Adaptive governance and surveillance

Overview

The Integration needs in the future application integration space would need to be able to meet the microservices architecture and cloud-native needs.

When modernizing the enterprise architecture, often enterprises choose to incrementally migrate an SOA based monolithic system by gradually replacing specific pieces of functionality with microservice architecture and implementing the new projects using microservices architecture. WSO2 Enterprise Integrator will support this iterative incremental move by supporting best of both worlds.

When microservices are integrated, the proliferation of integration points would be a key challenge. How would an enterprise deal with the number of microservices that result from old-school service-oriented to microservices architecture? What would be the demands and needs to address the vertical and horizontal split of service boundaries when it comes to integration? What would be the new requirements for message brokering, data decentralization and cloud APIs? What about the requirements associated with cross-cutting concerns such as security, traceability, and observability in the new age of micro integrations? The micro integrator requirements arising from cloud-native needs such as container readiness, fast boot, low footprint, stateless nature, scalability, short lives vs long-running integration logic are some of the requirements in the new integration age.

The composite apps resulting from integration would consist of consuming cloud APIs, cloud services, internal and external services. These trends would also redefine security needed, CI/CD, DevOps, scaling, governance, observability, dealing with transactions, business process flow management, and message brokering. These will also necessitate many connectors that provide easy to use access to cloud APIs and services.

Vision

Our strategy for enterprise integration would be to offer solutions to all architectural styles including layered, segmented and cell-based. We will facilitate these architectures to be able to scale to thousands of integration points within an enterprise. Enterprises would be able to lifecycle manage their integration solutions on cloud-native environments.

We will package our decade of experiences into our integration tooling, with seamless development, deployment, management, and administration tooling and techniques. We will also ensure that the enterprise integration is secure, easy to test and debug, trace and monitor, scalable, agile and future-proof. Support for security spanning from protocol level security up to application level security will be provided. IDE and command line tools for development, deployment, and administration will be packaged with the enterprise integrator. Support for debugging and tracing will be packaged into tools. Streaming analytics with customizable dashboards for detailed monitoring will be provided with the analytics profile.

As we continue to enhance and support our existing configuration driven integrator runtime to cater for conventional enterprise integration needs, we will also evolve our enterprise integration strategy to support agile integrations with microservices and cell-based architecture implemented using code over config development model. Integration agile architecture and methodology will benefit from the native cell-based architecture support provided by WSO2 Enterprise Integrator. This will make the integration developer’s life simple in harmony with the agile application integration, deployment and lifecycle management aspirations of the organization.

iPaaS support for developing, deploying, executing, managing and monitoring integration processes and flows that connect multiple endpoints across cloud, on-premises and hybrid deployment would be facilitated. The key advantage we provide for the integration developer is the ability to mix and match the choices of deployments for catering niche requirements that each enterprise would have in realizing a successful integration strategy that would lead to competitive advantage. We specialize in providing support for hybrid architecture with centralized vs. decentralized integration for brownfield enterprises combining cloud-resident and on-premises endpoints.

Support for service mesh patterns that ensures flexible, reliable, and fast communication between server instances. Enterprise integrator will provide a clear separation of the data plane, control plane and business logic to simplify the complexities involved with infrastructure and integration layer coordination. We will also provide built-in adaptive governance and surveillance capabilities make the whole operation and management experience seamless.

Disclaimer

The content herein is shared in order to outline some of our current product plans but it is important to understand that it is being shared for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, and not as a binding commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Any references to the development, release and timing of any products, features or functionality remains at the sole discretion of WSO2. Product capabilities, timeframes and features are subject to change.

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