Java Enterprise: Does Your Telco Solution Really Need It?
8 Ways How Java Enterprise Can, Sometimes, Be Superior to Other Technologies in Telecom Software Development
Java Enterprise has gained massive popularity over recent years. This computer programming technology does not need to be advertised. It has been widely used to create a plethora of systems that serve various purposes and it is unlikely to be sidetracked by any other technology in the enterprise space in the foreseeable future. However, when it comes to one's business situation, the choice of the development technology for a project is, often, swayed by factors other than a technology's capabilities and advantages and their importance for one's industry specifics.
Legacy systems and their underlying technologies, a dearth of experts, and, even, your CTO's personal qualifications, experience, or preferences can all make you decide it favor something not so optimal for your business purposes. Telecom solutions, and, in particular, Billing software, are no exception.
Telco solutions are known to be developed using a diverse array of technologies or various combinations thereof. While each one of those technologies may have its advantages and disadvantages, Java Enterprise remains, in our opinion, the most viable choice for anyone who wants to build a robust, fail-safe, secure, and well-performing Telecom software solution.
Advanced Logging Functionality
First of all, Telco systems never come in singular. In order to implement a full-value Telecom solution, you need to develop and integrate together an entire array of software systems (Ordering, Billing, Rating, Provisioning, Self-Care and so on), as well as ensure seamless interaction between these systems. This means that, unless specifically taken care of, your solution will lack sufficient fail-safety: an error occurring in one of your Telecom applications will, most likely, be replicated and multiplied across all, or most of the apps that make up the solution.
With most programming technologies, you will have no clue as to which of your apps is responsible for the malfunction. The fallout can be a waste of time, a cumbersome extra effort, a fair amount of additional costs, downtime, or, even, damage to your business reputation and a law suit.
In this kind of a situation, Java Enterprise can easily spare you both any unwanted costs and hassle. It provides a logging synchronization capability that allows you to quickly track an error to its source.
Better Processing Power Due to Greater Interfacing Ability
Telecom, as an industry, is distinctive of a large number of extremely resource-intensive operations that need to be performed at regular and frequent intervals.
Each of these operations is capable of dramatically increasing the workload on your servers, causing them to perform a lot more slowly and worsening severely the user experience for a large number of the system's users.
Java Enterprise has proven to be extremely effective in solving this problem. The technology provides a number of interfaces for working with relational and other databases. It makes it possible to employ micro services for creating a distributed system that can then be used to run the more resource-intensive operations on separate servers.
Major Telco solutions tend to have a rather convoluted structure and involve very complex user hierarchies. The vast majority of system users neither need, nor can be allowed to access, manage, or modify the bulk of the data the system contains.
In this sense, implementing multi-layer access control all across your solution architecture is both a dire necessity and a very significant technical challenge. Unless, of course, you opt to harness the powers of Java Enterprise, and, more specifically, those of its ESB bus capability.
ESB bus will allow you to retrieve data on a user's behalf in accordance with their clearance without granting them access to the system core. Moreover, Java Enterprise allows implementing access control on two different levels: the system level and user one.
Enhanced Control over System Development and Expansion
The Security & Control functionality, provided by Java Enterprise, is rendered all the more valuable in the case of Telecom software systems due to their conspicuous size: most Telco applications are major affairs, often developed by scores of software-engineering professionals and several different product development teams, or, even, several different software development providers.
Our experts have taken part in major IT project recovery efforts, associated with the Telecom sector. Due to this, we have quite a good idea about how bad things can, sometimes, get when there is no proper system control in place. The seemingly endless patchwork of varying code, which has, often, been contributed to by several generations of developers is very difficult to sort out, figure out, or straighten out.
With Java Enterprise, you can always determine who is responsible for a piece of crummy code, or can be approached for a better explanation or assistance.
We have already mentioned that Java Enterprise can make your Telecom solution more fail-safe by making it much easier to rectify errors.
However, this is not the only capability of the technology that can help enhance the fail-safety of your Telco solution.
Java Enterprise has a modular structure. This structure allows one to create clustering solutions. In case of need, it is possible to instantly transfer a workload from one module to another. In other words, when one module fails, another one comes to its aid and take its workload over, thus preventing any possible disruption to the system's performance.
What better guarantee of fail-safety could one really wish for?
Better Suitability for Portal Creation
If your Telecom software development project includes creating a portal, you will definitely find Java Enterprise to be of a lot of help. This is, largely, because Java Enterprise includes several libraries of prefab, localized widgets (such as, for example, Liferay) that can greatly facilitate your portal development effort, while also sparing you both the localization costs and part of your development expenses.
Faster Speed of Development and Time-to-Market
The speed at which your project is implemented is always of importance from several viewpoints.
Project deadlines alone are enough to make the development speed a major factor in the technology selection process. But besides any investor-imposed and other deadlines, there is just another important thing one should bear in mind: in most instances, overextended project timeframes translate in very hefty additional expenses and the faster you implement your project, the less you will have to shell out.
From this perspective, Java Enterprise is a cost-effective choice indeed. It gives your software developers the ability to create cache servers. This can speed up the development of your product very significantly.
Solutions on the Cutting Edge of Technology
It is common knowledge that Java Enterprise allows one to build extremely complex software systems and embodies leading-edge technical ideas. However, since relatively recently, this ability of Java has been further enhanced by the technology going open-source.
Open-source technologies are known to develop at a significantly faster rate than most other programming technologies. They tend to quickly absorb any worthwhile technical ideas and approaches that emerge out there.
Thus, by making Java Enterprise your technology choice, you ensure that your Telco solution, (provided it is properly maintained and updated by your software development partner), will have great odds to stay technologically advanced for years to come.