System architecture and interface concept
InterLab® is clearly focused on flexibility and efficiency representing strong client value and providing interesting opportunities to InterLab sales and technology partners. This philosophy is clearly reflected in the area of system architecture and interfaces, which are implemented within the framework of the newest innovative software technologies.
InterLab utilizes the advantages and possibilities of service-oriented architecture on the basis of SOAP, WSDL and UDDI as well as the proven 3-Tier Architecture (Client-Server-RDBMS).
3-layer model for base architecture
The InterLab software appears as client-server and is implemented in a 3-tier model. With respect to the server, the system is divided into a relational database management system – that holds the central statistical content – upon which an application server with the real business application is built up. This can be accessed via a range of native clients or web clients.
Through the 3-tier approach, information from the business application can be supplied dynamically to the client. The business application on the applications server receives its regular base data from the database server.
This architectural approach guarantees that InterLab provides required information dynamically as well as specifically to the projects and processes.
SOA for flexible coordination of process-relevant services
The base functionality of the InterLab client offers the user significant added value due to its innovative combination with the service-oriented architecture approach (SOA). The service-oriented architecture is based on the concept that IT should be flexibly adapted to the required business processes, especially when change situations are involved.
The architecture, which provides specialist services and functionalities as Web services, follows this principle. On the one hand, the Web services are technically independent of each other and widely re-usable. However, on the other hand they are loosely coupled and can be utilized via confidential, standardized interfaces irrespective of the basic implementation
In order to follow his specific business processes, the user can call up or coordinate different Web services as required, even if the system landscape is not homogeneous. This approach also allows flexible adaptation in case of process changes.
InterLab has laid its focus on further developing this innovative concept that gives the business user the clear advantage of flexibility with regard to new client requirements and highly efficient system-based implementation.
The SOA enables both the linking of InterLab components and the connection of complementary systems.
Linking of InterLab components and elements
SOA as an external interface concept
The integration of InterLab in an existing system environment, or link-up with complementary systems, represents a significant added value for the user.
The provision of an interface concept on the basis of service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a strong advantage that facilitates linking with different, heterogeneous systems. Legacy systems are integrated into the Web services as capsules. Parallel storage of data is no longer necessary.
The InterLab interface concept adds considerable value for the user and provides an excellent basis for collaboration with technology and sales partners.