Integration monitoring, logging and documentation using BIP
This is the third post in our series on integration monitoring and logging. If you’re interested in a more tech agnostic view on this subject and how you should go about choosing the solution that’s right for your organization, then have a look at the first post of the series by Magnus Petersson or if you would like to know more about logging and monitoring in Azure look at the second post by Henrik Wallenberg and Björn Hackberg.
The integration landscape is full of products and solutions that help us integrate systems and applications and even complete business processes. This of course also applies when it comes to logging and monitoring our integrations and integration components.
It can be a bit daunting to start analyzing and understanding the different capabilities of the products, but also to understand your own and/or your business demands and needs. To further complicate the issue, you also need to understand how to log and monitor different integration components. Furthermore, you also need to decide where the logging should be done and how to retrieve and display the log entries. And that is just for the logging part, the same goes for monitoring as well.
On top of the above questions, we also need to understand who will need the information we gather and what to display.
So, how can we start logging and monitoring and not be overwhelmed with these decisions and be stopped in the decisions of which products we use now and might use in the future.
Our BIP service is a one stop shop for logging, monitoring and documentation. This service gives you an overview of your integrations but also control over your logging and monitoring regardless of where these components are located (cloud, on-prem). As BIP can handle most of the popular integration components today and are easy to extend you will always be able to use BIP regardless of the Integration strategy you may decide in the future.
The core parts of the service are:
BIP centralizes all available logs of your integration components and enables your business to find the answers they are looking for in tailored logging views. This is done using none-intrusive agents that collect the information and makes it accessible in BIP.
Monitoring integrations can be difficult. BIP simplifies this for you. You will always know when something is wrong and can quickly correct errors and even for some integrations components direct in the BIP Tool. We are using non-intrusive agents to collect information about the integration components.
Design and document your integrations in a drag and drop interface and connect the documentation with the logging and monitoring to get the correct information at the right time. The repository is very simple to get started with and we can expand the repository model with your needs to get the most comprehensive documentation of the integrations as possible.
The Baseline method
On top of the core services, we provide best practices based on several years of expertise installing, configurating and maintaining BIP and integrations for our customers. Furthermore, we are offering training, automation, and migration as extended services.
When is BIP a good idea?
BIP is a scalable service which supports the journey on the logging and monitoring “ladder” without changing tools when adding new integration components. From the out-of-the-box monitoring and logging to insights and analytics to get a more in-depth understanding of the integration landscape. Furthermore, it will provide an end-to-end logging and monitoring for most of the major integration products, however, it is also possible to add logging and monitoring for custom developed components either by using a generic agents or by developing new agents to fit your specific needs.
BIP is a great choice in a distributed integration environment and/or with several different integration components. With the built-in repository module, you can document your integrations and get control of the integration landscape
BIP can be offered as a SaaS (Software as a Service), on-prem or cloud installation and to a fixed monthly cost.
Would you like to discuss how your business could benefit from a modern, future-proof approach to information management? – Contact us at Enfo! We’re happy to discuss everything from IT strategy to implementation details of specific solutions.