This afternoon we were able to share the Novartis story with a wider audience, on our final customer-story #BoomiWebinar of the season. The topic was “cloud-speed” integration in a highly regulated environment. How do you use a cloud model in your middleware solution—so that you get those cloud advantages of flexibility, ease of adoption, lower capital costs, and so forth—while maintaining complete risk and information compliance?
The answer might surprise you. Thomas Barton at Novartis dealt with this question both technically and institutionally. Head of integration services at the $56 billion-per-year global pharmaceutical company, Thomas had to both validate Boomi’s security features and architecture, and circle the globe to get assurance and approval from stakeholders. They were understandably concerned about having their applications entwine with an integration product that has “cloud-enabled” stamped on it.
But what appeared initially as a challenge to overcome proved instead to be pretty compelling features of the platform. As Thomas put it on the webinar, the Dell Boomi option proved “even more secure than traditional middleware because the development environment is segregated from your actual infrastructure.” There was no need to provide access to the Novartis infrastructure to outside contractors so they could develop and test; they simply used Dell Boomi in their web browsers, from anywhere in the world.
The point is that the “cloud parts” of Dell Boomi are focused in the development phase of your integrations (as well as in management of them, once deployed)—where you aren’t using sensitive data, and also where you happen to most need cloud benefits.That’s not what you most need in your production environments, though. There, you are using sensitive data, and your first priority really is control. If you don’t want any production integration in the cloud, if you need all of it to be in the cloud, or if you are using a hybrid approach like Novartis does—the middleware solution should be usable in any of these scenarios. And this is exactly how the AtomSphere architecture works. So if you think about it, it’s actually by limiting the use of cloud that Dell Boomi lets you take advantage of it.