Benefits of Migration to Modern Middleware Services

Business applications are no longer isolated to the back office. Today, these
applications are at the forefront of the way businesses interact with customers,
suppliers, and partners. As customer expectations change, these applications
must change at a rapid pace. This puts enormous pressure on the software
development team to keep up with demand.
The development organization is often hampered in their efforts when they have
to rely on an aging and inflexible middleware infrastructure that makes change
difficult. In fixing the problems associated with the need for rapid change,
many organizations assume that if they adopt agile development processes or
advanced software development frameworks and tools, productivity challenges
can be solved. However, this is not true. While these techniques can help the
team be more effective, they cannot solve the underlying problem caused by
middleware that lacks modularity and flexibility. For example, older middleware
has typically been designed as an integrated environment, built during an era
before cloud or mobile computing existed and before business was conducted
Outdated middleware hinders the software developer in three critical ways:
• It reduces developer productivity—it takes too many developers too long
and too many resources to respond to rapidly changing market demands.
• The monolithic design of legacy middleware requires the developer to load
the entire stack adding unnecessary bulk to the application. As a result, it
is complex and time consuming for developers to make business critical
• New application delivery models including cloud, mobile platforms, and
social media place new demands on the development team. Traditional
middleware is not designed to handle the scalability, speed, and dynamic
interactions associated with these use cases.
Developers, therefore, have been forced to write additional code to compensate
for this inflexible, outdated middleware environment. In addition to trying to
create new software value, these developers have also needed to maintain vast
amounts of complex code.
More software development organizations are adopting Java EE application
architectures to help create a more dynamic computing platform. This
architecture is much more effective if it is coupled with a modern middleware
architecture. By replacing aging middleware with a more modern, modular and
service oriented approach, developers can improve the speed and efficiency of
working in the Java EE application architecture and dramatically improve overall
This paper will describe the characteristics of a modern middleware platform
and how companies benefit by migrating from older inflexible monolithic
infrastructures to a modular and flexible environment. We will look at how some
organizations have migrated to Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Application Platform
(EAP) 6 as a way to cope with and accelerate business change.