Cast Iron

IBM® Websphere® Cast Iron Cloud Integration enables companies to rapidly connect their hybrid world of public clouds, private clouds, and on-premise applications.

What Does It Do?

  • IBM Cast Iron provides a configuration-not-coding approach to integration by supplying prebuilt components which replace the need for manual, bespoke code development.
  • It allows users to rapidly deliver cloud integration projects in days and achieve higher return on investment in software as a service (SaaS) and cloud models.
  • For integration, synchronisation, notification of data for any business process Cast Iron Cloud integration delivers simplicity by providing everything needed to complete application integration in days, typically with 80% less effort than alternative methods.

How Does It Do It?

  • Most application integration problems require the rapid migration and integration of information across multiple systems — like ERP, SRM, CRM, databases, SaaS applications, custom applications — and also with partners. WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration provides comprehensive connectivity to all these applications.
  • Prebuilt Template Integration Processes (TIPS) which are configurable provide most of the solution which would otherwise have to be developed and supported.Cast Iron leverages a wealth of integration experience to provide a comprehensive set of TIPs. Offered for the most common integration scenarios the TIPs eliminate the need to build your integrations from scratch. You can simply log in via your browser, select the template that best suits your requirements and enjoy proven, supported and certified processes. The TIPs can also be further customised to meet your specific needs using a simple configuration wizard.
  • Cast Iron provides everything needed to integrate applications or data sources in a virtually non-intrusive, code-free manner to support requirements for notifications (tell me when something has happened) for compliance purposes, to synchronise master data (e.g. item/materials, vendor etc.) due to a rationalisation programme, or for migration of data (perhaps migrating some or all of your customer,item,vendor data) for a particular project or becuase of M&A activity.
  • Cast Iron provides Data Profiling to assess the quality of your data before commencing data migrations,Intelligent Cleansing, De-Duplication so you can combine data from various different sources and remove duplicate values, Fuzzy Lookup to configure sophisticated rules to highlight errors and fix them as well as Data Enrichment so you can perform lookups with third-party providers to enrich your data.
  • Since Cast Iron can Connect to hundreds of applications and end-points whether they are on your estate or not it provides the ideal platform for integrating your IT-estate. The provision of a Workflow visual interface for designing workflow rules (e.g. for PO notifications, approval processes etc) across the IT estate and easy Management through single web-based console can increase spend under management by accelerating, and increasing the data available to Procurement to manage categories efficiently.
  • Sometimes there is a need for a “single view” of related data. With very little effort and cost data in the different systems, such as vendor or item/materials data,  can be Transformed via the drag-and-drop interface.

Why Is That Useful?

  • IBM Cast Iron Cloud integration enables IT departments to be nimble and responsive to the needs of the business.
  • Getting to a single view of data elements is made easier using temporary or permanent capabilities offered by Cast Iron, with its different pricing models.
  • There is no software to install or manage, nothing to code only graphically configure using an on-demand library of pre-built Template Integration Processes (TIPs) for the most common integration scenarios.
  • Cast Iron has a low monthly subscription pricing which in turn delivers up to 80% lower maintenance costs when compared to other software-based alternatives. This happens because there is no need to maintain multiple components including hardware, web servers, databases, integration brokers, or other costly IT elements.
  • To further reduce cost of ownership and speed delivery Cast Iron offers 100% remote management and administration, proactive alerting of data and connectivity errors, and the ability to  monitor from anywhere, anytime.
  • Unmatched flexibility — Cast Iron can be deployed on your site via an Integration Appliance (a pre-loaded, plug-in appliance) or the integration-as-a-service IBM Cast Iron Cloud. Cast Iron is 100% standards-based which means no reliance on niche middleware skills and has pre-built connectors for SaaS applications, CRM, ERP, customer support systems, all major databases, flat-files, Web Services, messaging systems, and more.