Jitterbit, an integration solutions provider, has announced the launch of Harmony Live!, a new cloud platform that allows businesses to create, orchestrate, and manage real-time connected APIs. Jitterbit designed the Harmony Live! platform for technical business analysts and non-technical users who want to connect on-premises systems with cloud, mobile, and IoT applications.
Jitterbit launched the Harmony Integration Cloud platform in April of last year. Jitterbit Harmony features a graphical user interface that provides what the company calls a "clicks, not code" approach. The company claims that this approach allows users to connect enterprise and legacy systems with cloud applications in a matter of days without having to hire a team of developers.
Harmony Live! is built on the architecture of the Harmony Integration Cloud platform and allows users to build and deploy connections for use cases that require real-time APIs. The platform features pre-built connectors for many popular services such as DHL, Facebook, FedEx, Magento, PeopleSoft, Salesforce, Twitter, and UPS. Pre-built connectors are utilized via "anywhere" APIs which are APIs that can run in any environment when connected to the Harmony API Gateway. Users can also create custom APIs using point-and-click API wizards and the platform allows integrations to run on the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid.
A few examples of use cases for Harmony Live! include:
- Retail and E-Commerce – Connect the back office system to storefronts and automate orders.
- Automotive – Connect OEMs and dealers with roadside assistance suppliers.
- Education – Connect student information with cloud services.
- CPQ and Revenue Management – Connect materials, pricing, and customer data across any customer endpoint.
- Manufacturing and OEMs – Digitalize the product development process across multiple endpoints.
ProgrammableWeb reached out to Andrew Leigh, Jitterbit's VP of alliances, and Ilya Pupko, director of technology development at Jitterbit, who provided additional information about the Harmony Live! platform. Leigh explained that Jitterbit specializes in integrating on-premises legacy systems with cloud services and that the company’s vision is to democratize APIs so that all businesses can use APIs to enable digital connectivity.
Pupko and Leigh explained that Harmony Live! not only supports streaming APIs, but also real-time API requests on the fly. For example, an integration can be set up so that a car platform is connected to a roadside assistance supplier. When sensors detect a problem with a vehicle, such as the engine overheating, an alert is automatically sent in real time to the roadside assistance supplier’s platform. The roadside assistance platform can then automatically run car diagnostics remotely and dispatch assistance to the driver of the vehicle.
Pupko and Leigh explained that the Harmony Live! platform is designed to allow as much creativity as possible when it comes to integrations. The platform supports a great many API architectural styles, protocols, and response formats including SOAP, REST, JSON, XML, LDAP, etc. Harmony Live! also supports high volume, real-time APIs.
The number of companies providing integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solutions has grown rapidly in recent years. Just a few examples of leading cloud integration platforms include Dell Boomi, IBM WebSphere, Informatica Cloud, Jitterbit Harmony, MuleSoft Anypoint, and SnapLogic. Leigh told ProgrammableWeb that one of the key differences between Jitterbit and other cloud integration platforms is that Jitterbit is designed for business analysts and other non-technical users. Jitterbit users can supposedly build, orchestrate, and manage APIs without having to write any code. Most other cloud integration platforms are designed for developers.
"The consumerization of IT has brought an explosion of new devices, services, and data silos to the enterprise--the next logical step in this evolution is to re-orchestrate the connections, or APIs, that link these applications and devices together in a way that disrupts traditional business processes and markets resulting in a new set of digital winners and losers across every industry," said Leigh. "When business users have a seat at the integration table, they provide valuable insight into how these connections can be orchestrated and managed to create more dynamic processes and new sources of revenue."
For more information about the Jitterbit Harmony Live! platform, visit http://www.jitterbit.com/.