What sets Xtensible apart from our competitors who also may claim to provide the best or least expensive standards-based systems integration is the investment we have made in the methodology and the tools embedded in our MD3i Framework. MD3i provides a design and development environment for our system architects and integration specialists, allowing them to easily incorporate engagement-specific system interface data requirements into a common Enterprise Semantic Model (ESM) and to automate the generation of specific message payloads and services based on this ESM. This process means a better, faster, and cheaper standards-based systems integration for our clients.
Using lessons learned from previous customer engagements and deep standards expertise gained from years of active participation in the relevant standards working groups, we have developed standards-based business models applicable to each type of solution we offer that form the core starting point for the ESM, payload definitions, and service definitions. These business models are based on the CIM standard information model in UML and other NIST SG-recommended standards, such as MultiSpeak, NAESB, and OASIS, as needed for a specific engagement. These models give us a head-start in the design and specification of the individual system integrations required on a given project, thus saving time and labor over our competitors.
Our MD3i Framework runs on the Sparx Enterprise Architect platform, the same software platform used to manage and maintain the CIM UML model. This facilitates incorporation of private extensions to the CIM standards as well as change management and version control. MD3i is available in multiple configurations and allows client analyst workstations to collaborate via a common server-based EA environment where the ESM and run-time artifacts are designed, auto-generated, managed, and maintained. In the case of ESB-based SOA architectures, the message payload XSDs generated are used to develop the necessary run-time transformation logic for the ESB adapters using our MD3i Runtime Accelerators. The MD3i framework seamlessly integrates with the ESB adapter design environment to provide a complete, scalable design and development architecture for standards-based system integration spanning multiple projects.