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Database driven applications have an inherent deficiency in their ability to deal with the data. Applications that only have two sides are typically very basic and unable to deal with more complex task. Over the last decade there has been a dramatic rise of multi-tier systems; systems that have software components of varying complexity sitting between the client and the server.

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Middleware  is the software application that sits between two parts of a system.  It has one of a number of functions, but essentially it is there to provide a communication layer and inputs or outputs. It is neither part of the main application nor the database. It speaks both the language of the database and that of the software. It can even translate between software built in different languages. A good example of the function of middleware is in E-commerce. A vital aspect of any sophisticated online store is the inventory system that drives the front-end display system and back-end ordering system. Middleware applications have the ability to ensure that the operational side of the online business is tracked and is dynamic. In e-commerce for instance middleware can tie the online e-commerce system with the inventory, the accounting system and the ordering system.

Phoenix Consultant Group specializes in producing middleware components to bridge the gap and functionalize the operation of applications. The intelligence of a database driven language is often limited in a dual tier system. By introducing middleware a lot more can be achieved automatically, saving time, money and increasing efficiency.

Middleware improves business systems’  effectiveness. The process of integrating software and database systems involves the analysis of the business requirements. Once the functional specification is drawn up it is then possible to translate this to technical specifications that explain exactly how the middleware will produce the desired effect.

Middleware has become indispensible for industries such the investment banking sector, where software must be intelligent, responsive and robust. In trading software used on the stock exchange it is usual to find multi-tier systems that deliver incredible “intelligence”. Middleware has truly revolutionized the way that the trading floors operate.

At Phoenix Consultant Group, we see middleware as the “brain” between your technologies.

 With such diverse applications of middleware, and such clear and measurable benefits, it is important to select a middleware developer that has the business analysis skills to match their technical ability.  We have massive experience through the full software development lifecycle. We are able to talk with clients at their level to ensure that what we develop is right for them.  We are geared to working with your business to achieve technological integration through a smooth and efficient process.


Having multiple sources of data can lead to various formats of information.  These sources can be from third party servers, direct data input from various sources, or automatically generated information input from internal and external networks.  As the recipient and user of this information, you may require the ability to use this information in a uniform and seamless form, without the having to manually consolidate and reformat the data to a single form.  The process of unifying data from various sources into one format to be utilized by users is referred to as data integration.

Why Data Integration?

data integrationThe question may arise as to why it is necessary to integrate and merge information and data from various sources.

The reason that this common process is used by any business which collects data and information in its day to day procedure is to make the data more usable and accessible.  Data may come from various places and may have different qualities which cannot be examined and processed without the unification of their formats.  The ability to examine information as a whole and make decisions based on the entirety of available data can play an important role in the development of your business.  You should be able to form decisions easily with information provided to you in a uniform and concise way without wasting time in converting this information to reach the final answer.  Therefore, it is important to have a method set in place where this integration can take place without altering the nature of the data provided.

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Is this a Complicated Process?

data integrationData integration can, at times, be a complicated process.  It takes correct algorithms and patterns to make sure that the information processed is translated correctly.  The integration program used must be able to recognize data which is similar, yet coded differently, and reduce the chances of overlapping data where required.  Often, middleware will take care of this function.

In addition to the actual conversion and integration of data, the source of data must also be taken into consideration.  There may be a number of different sources, mainly third party programs, which all input data into one location in order for the integration to take place.  The data integration program must take the necessary steps in order to prevent the disruption of these sources and third party programs while retrieving the necessary information.  In addition, there may be multiple computers communicating in a network and providing information.  The data integration system must be able to extract the necessary information without disrupting the day to day functions of the systems attached to the network.

Despite all the complexities and potential difficulties which must be addressed when proceeding with data integration, this method is very important in the maintenance of your data.  It is a cost effective method, which reduces errors caused by human intervention in addition to being an automated system which can work in the background without disrupting daily tasks.  Choosing the correct developers and programmers to assist you in data integration can help in streamlining your daily functions and provide you with the important information you require in the shortest amount of time.