What do these architectures show?
The main purpose of the architectures is to provide a visual summary of the fundamental components offered by Software AG in the areas of IoT, Analytics, Integration, and API Management.
The first two show ‘IoT with Analytics’, and ‘Integration with API Management’, respectively. The third architecture offers a combined view.
The architectures show capabilities, with more details displayed when mousing over components. The combined architecture can also be toggled to show the main products implementing the capabilities. The architectures are neither showing all capabilities nor all products that Software AG offers.
The integration architecture offers a classic layered topology, with systems on the bottom and the consumers and users on top. This should be familiar to most readers.
In contrast, the IoT architecture has a left-to-right layout, with systems and devices on the left, and consumers/users on the right. It also shows data in motion in the upper half (‘speed layer’) and data at rest in the lower one (‘batch layer’). This layout was chosen to reflect the ‘Lambda architecture’ style popular in this domain.
In the combined architecture, the left side depicts ‘in-house’ components, being installed either on-premise, in a private cloud, or on the Edge. One also finds Internet of Things (IoT) assets there, including devices and gateways. The right side shows external parties a business typically interacts with, in particular customers, suppliers, and partners (including government and other official authorities), but also XaaS offerings that a company subscribes to. The middle area contains Software AG components or products (depending on the view selected) and comprises two horizontal sections:
- Software as a Service (SaaS): This section includes all offerings Software AG provides as Software as a Service on these topics. (Additional SaaS offerings not shown belong to the domain Business Transformation.)
- On-Premise & Edge Deployment: This section depicts similar products or capabilities as the SaaS section, but are deployed either directly on customer premises, on the edge, or in private clouds.
The connecting lines show the main flows of data essentially rendering thee architectures data-flow architectures.
Where do I get more information?
For an introduction to the various components shown in the combined architecture, please have a look at the following short tutorial.