What’s new with Nodinite 5.3

Micheal Olsson, CEO and Head of Innovation, summarizes the news in Nodinite 5.3 as follows.

1. Release Nodinite 5.3 – What’s new

One of the major features introduced with Nodinite 5.3 is the role-based security to include the Nodinite Repository Model. The general idea is to invite other parts of the business to contribute to System Integrations Solutions’ documentation. In my presentation, I showcased the experience from both the Administrative perspective and the end-user perspective.
The addition of Markdown and mermaid diagrams provides benefits to the documentation. An image says more than a thousand words.

2. Azure end-to-end demo

We at Nodinite see the evident migration now happening with moving from on-premise to the cloud. Microsoft and the Azure platform is trending. We have invested a lot of time to ensure that Nodinite provides excellent monitoring and logging for all EAI Azure Services. I showed how Nodinite successfully replaces Azure Monitoring, The Azure Portal, and other tools like the Service Bus Explorer. In the demo, I invoked a monitored Azure API Management Service API directly from Nodinite. With the policy based Logging and the plug and play diagnostics logging in Azure, I was able to show the verbose Logging in every step (payload and Context). The Logging included the API Request, invoking a Logic App Invoking yet another Logic App and then back with the Response in the API. All in all, 20 events. In this case, grouped by a correlation Id (x-ms-client-tracking-id).

3. Security

With Nodinite 5.3, we provide an even more secure product than ever. Because another tool got hacked earlier this year, we are now part of the nightly builds performing dependency checks against reported problems with 3rd party libraries. In this part of my session, I took the chance to emphasize the existing other things we do to ship the product securely and ensure that we are the binaries’ authentic publisher.

4. Updating to Nodinite 5.3

In Michaels last topic, he showed how existing customers could update their environments to the latest version. A process that should take less than a minute to perform.

Boliden and Nodinite

Boliden and the IT-department  

Boliden is a metal industry with a turnover of 50 billion Swedish crowns with mines and smelters, mainly in Sweden and Finland, delivering and selling copper, zinc, lead, gold, and silver worldwide.  

Boliden’s integration landscape:  

  • 40 connected large application  
  • 400 integration flows  
  • 400 000 messages a day  

Nodinite at Boliden  

Boliden’s systems integrations platform has business rules and business logic. When something goes wrong with the message flow, it’s 99% of the times because of the business logic or business ruling not accepting the data. By introducing Nodinite in steps (agile implementation) to the business side, they could see that it wasn’t a problem with the system integrations solution but the data itself.     

Shared Responsibility  

Boliden’s ICC makes a clear distinction between the data in the integration platform that they own and the business’s data. The business knows the data structure by adding the Nodinite layer when the data is rejected or accepted in the integration bus. They can decide whose responsibility it is to do a root cause analysis of the problem.    

“Errors should be fixed from the root.”  

It’s easy to decide whose responsibility it is to do a root cause analysis of the problem. The ICC has involved the business in having access to Nodinite to understand and fix the issues. The business side can make a solution themselves and resend the message without the involvement of the ICC.  

In Boliden’s IT-department, the policy is to have errors corrected in the sending system; Errors should be dealt with by the sender, the ICC should not repair and/or resend the messages.  

The power of Nodinite  

From the beginning, the purpose of introducing Nodinite is to ensure that message flows like systems and applications, runs as designed. Has the receiver received the sent message? 

Before Boliden implemented Nodinite; The ICC couldn’t prove that a message is indeed successfully delivered to the receiving application.  

This situation caused many questions from the business side. The Nodinite implementation provides logging and monitoring to remedy this situation. During the installation and the start of using Nodinite, they discovered other ways to use the tool. And they saw the other possibilities Nodinite is now accessible for the whole organisation.  

In the beginning, the setup for Nodinite was small and easy. Then they started a project around Nodinite to implement it in on all the integrations in Boliden and use it as a standard framework for all the logging and monitoring.  

The Business side  

The business side has a great value of using Nodinite. As soon as only a few people on the business side saw the benefits of using Nodinite, incremental usage was fast spread. The business side can now understand and solve their problems. They have also gained a better understanding that the data they send significantly impact other systems. This new knowledge now leads to changes in their processes. In the end, the result is more efficient digitalisation and processes 

“Now, we use Nodinite when we develop integrations. We look at how the data looks when it’s going between systems. It is more than a monitoring tool for us. We use Nodinite for everything.”     

The results  

Before introducing Nodinite, the integration team was seen as the black hole where the data went in. It was hard for people to understand what happens to the data inside the integration. The ICC worked hard to dig up the faulty messages to show the business side that this is how the data looks. Troubleshooting was a big part of their job before Nodinite. After implementing and extending the usage of Nodinite, the ICC rarely get any questions. They are transparent with the data when it flows in and when it flows out.  

Return on Investment  

“If we take everything into consideration, the ROI is 3-4 months”. It was an excellent project installing and extending the usage of Nodinite. The project released on January 1st 2021.  

“We will continue to save both time and money, thanks to Nodinite.” 

A smart way to close the competence gap

To illustrate one of our industry’s toughest challenges, we at Nodinite has looked upon the Swedish labour market for IT. Today, with a growing number, 7% of 5 million employees are occupied in the IT-business. Sweden has the most significant proportion of IT staff employed in the whole of Europe. In Sweden alone in 2024, the IT staff´s demand and supply gap are 70000 employees. A gap of this magnitude is devastating for the business in Sweden.  

The market is growing, and the gap is widening. This gap prevents digitisation in sectors like municipals, healthcare and IoT. The situation is similar across the world, with some exceptions. However, the area of Systems Integration is no exception. The market value for Systems Integrations Platforms is growing at a rate of 15 % per year in the coming six years, and we expect that the demand for professional services and tools to grow even faster.   

This gap is a true challenge, but then, how can we close the gap? 

 

Let us take a closer look at the area of systems integrations. Here are three actions you can take to close the gap:  

1. The continuous recruitment and education of staff are essential but will only become more challenging in the coming years since the expected demand will be far greater than the supply. Looking for recruitment overseas is one solution – at least temporarily and for some tasks.  

2. Another promising solution to close the competence gap is to outsource selected IT activities. In Sweden, several organisations continue to outsource IT infrastructure, both the design and operations. The service providers can create economies of scale by providing a streamlined, managed service capability.

Several of Nodinite’s partners offer Managed Sytems Integrations and Application services at a large scale. This managed service helps organisations release skilled IT resources that previously spent a considerable amount of time in various activities related to Systems Integrations, e.g., maintaining legacy integration infrastructure, procurements of new integration technologies, designing and migrating integrations operations with, for example, the service desk and the contingency work. Nodinites´ partners use Nodinite as one tool to centralise all monitoring and logging of all integrations. Also, they can use Nodinite to keep up-to-date documentation of all integrations and systems. With the Knowledge-based articles, the service provider can quickly resolve issues based on extensive experience and best practice.  

3. For organisations not willing to outsource their integration work, there are ways to work smarter to save time and reduce quality issues and incidents. Nodinite is an example of a tool that reduces the time spent at IT-departments and, at the same time, it increases the quality of business processes that are dependent on correct, non-interrupted message flows through many systems. Nodinite features function for centralised monitoring and logging. Also, the repository model describes all systems integrations in a graphical view combined with helpful knowledge-based articles.  

 

According to testimonials from customers like Boliden, Regional agencies in Värmland and Halland, Ovako, Derome, using Nodinite can be translated to millions of SEK and/or thousands of person-hours in savings every year.   

If you are interested to know more about managed services, contact our partners or us at Nodinite directly 

 

Sources: Total workforce in IT comes from Eurostat measurement 2019. The gap of 70000 comes from a report of the membership organisation for IT and telecom companies in Sweden, gathering more than 1300 organisation, among them global players like Ericsson, Telia. 

Nodinite Highlights of 2020 – summarize the year with us

Nodinite extends its reach by adding new functions and agents

During the last 12 months, 80 customers have benefitted from Nodinites unique set of features that significantly improves their day-to-day operations of systems integrations. By saving money, increasing service quality and releasing competence, Nodinite helps to speed up organizations’ overall work digitalizing their business.

During the year, Nodinite has added new monitoring and logging agents for Azure, Boomi and WSO2 integration platforms. These features mean that organization using any of these technologies can benefit from using Nodinite.

The 5.2 version was giant and improved the Nodinite core services. See the webinar here. The next version, Nodinite 5.3, has been pre-released to a few selected customers. Focus on this version is extending the Role-based security to include also the Nodinite repository model and the possibility. Also, how long time to store message context and body, respectively.

We believe Nodinite’s unique position as the only tool in the space of Systems Integration Maintenance Software, SIMS, that can keep control of all system integrations and message flows regardless of implementation technology.

ATEA gives thumbs up for Nodinite

Atea is the leading provider of IT infrastructure solutions in the Nordic and Baltic region with NOK 37 billion in revenue and more than 7,000 employees. Atea is present in 85 cities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Its headquarters is located in Oslo, Norway. The company sells, installs, and supports products from Citrix, VMware, Apple, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Lenovo, IBM, Readdle and others.

“ATEA plans to increase the usage of Nodinite™ to all integrations and other services throughout the entire ATEA group.” – Andrejs Skiteckis, Head of Integration Services at Atea Group IT.

Read here to learn more about how they benefit from using Nodinite.

Nodinite hires key professionals to join a global journey

In order to capture the global SIMS opportunity Nodinite could in August present Agni Cedene as our new head of sales and marketing. Agni brings with here the competence to scale up sales by using digital marketing.

To further meet market demand for the development of new products and features we are now hiring a senior developer for a leading role. To join our journey take a look at our ad here.

Folkspel joins 80 others in choosing Nodinite

A picture of the logos of Nodinite and Folkspel

Nodinite sending some love to Folkspel

Folkspel needs to connect the increased amount of system integrations and regain control over messages sent between its own IT systems. When Folkspel was to acquire a system for monitoring, logging, self-service and troubleshooting, the choice fell on the Swedish-based product company Nodinite.

“We are pleased to welcome Folkspel to the Nodinite family. Folkspel, a lottery company, adds another industry to our diversified customer portfolio. It strengthens what we already know; Nodinite is a given product for all organizations with many and critical system integrations – regardless of industry.” says Nodinite’s CEO, Michael Olsson.

Folkspel is a Swedish gaming company that arranges lotteries. The owners are 73 Swedish national organizations. Since 1991, Swedish Lottery Inspectorate (Lotteriinspektionen) monitors the operation. Folkspel has distributed SEK 16.8 billion to Swedish associations. In 2019, Folkspel allocated 232 million to the association life.

Experienced developer for Nodinite

Senior developer with global software ambitions wanted!

We are searching for an experienced developer who wants to be involved in creating the market’s leading product for system integration maintenance.

Despite the prevailing pandemic, 2020 has been a fantastic year for us businesswise. Our customers have chosen the leading tool for operation and maintenance of system integrations, Nodinite. The need for increased control and transparency has never been greater. We predict increased demand in 2021. That’s why we need you who want a leading key role in our tight team.

In the Swedish market, we have 10 of Sweden’s 100 largest companies and 12 of 21 regions. We also have customers in Norway, Finland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

We are collaborating with Testhuset for this recruitment. Reed our recruitment ad (in Swedish) here: https://testhuset.teamtailor.com/jobs/1005837-senior-utvecklare-nodinite

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

5.2 Release Notes

Nodinite 5.2 has been released

Watch the webinar below. The webinar was held in Swedish.

Get your update now by logging in to our portal (or register, if you have not yet done that) and get your update.

Get the list of all updates here – https://support.nodinite.com/support/discussions/topics/1000095520

Import / Export

Share your documentation by exporting and importing it across multiple instances of Nodinite

User Notifications

Inform your end-users about planned maintenance windows and other things that they should need to know about

Concat() – New Formula Plugin Expression

Ever wanted to concatenate two values of one message? No worries, the new concat function in Formula is here

Backup & Restore Monitoring Agent Configurations

Did you make changes that broke the monitoring of your resources?

We now take automatic backups on a timely basis, just restore and your changes are reverted.

Update Tool improvements

Improving license key management and other stuff in the GUI

Logic Apps Agent Improvements

Faster, better, stronger!

New Log API Endpoint – Validate

And much more…

Usability improvements – everywhere
Nodinite Knowledge Base – Fun Facts

Working on
New agents, Linux, Azure, WSO2, etc.
Future Release – 6.0, coming autumn 2020

5.1 Release Notes

Formula – All new Search Field Expressions Plugin

You hide it, we find it! Learn how to extract and modify returned values from just about any data structure

Formula plugin helps you to extract any value from any given message by applying solely one of the listed functions or by using a combination of them (nested functions) on your content. The formula plugin works like formulas for example in Excel (with functions as listed in reference table below).

The data can be retrieved no matter if it is part of the message body or context.

Permission Sets

Nodinite is a role-based platform, allowing you and your organization to enforce different security policies while working with Nodinite.

Nodinite 5.1 additional settings impact what users can do or not do, e.g. a user might has access to a certain monitoring view, but cannot view the messages’ body. However, another user, in a different role, has access to the same view, but can actually view the messages’ body.

Repository Relations – Manage Large Repositories

What integrations are using System X? What changes in a system have different impacts? How do you know?

In Nodinite 5.1 it is easier to get answers to those questions, since relations are visualized.

Visualize logged events using the Six-Sigma Inspired Timeline

Six Sigma is a disciplined, statistical-based, data-driven approach and continuous improvement methodology for eliminating defects in a product, process or service.

Do you have long running processes? And do you know where the bottleneck is?

Nodinite 5.1 comes with a new and modern way to visualize logged events which helps you to understand your processes. Enabling you to reduce lead time and create a foundation for further process optimization.

Distributed Notifications History – Where did the Alarm go?

Did you ever experience alarms not being sent? How do you know that Nodinite did not send the alarm?

The all new Distributed Notification History tab in Monitor Views allows you to easily see what type of alerts have been sent and were they successfully delivered. One-click to know it all!

Landscape Improvements

With Nodinite 5.0, we introduced the Landscape. A modern and intuitive way to draw and understand your system integrations.

Nodinite 5.1 includes multiple changes, which makes it easier and even more intuitive to work with:

  • Resize your systems
  • Change direction of services / contracts

SQL Server Always On – Higher Availability?

From now on, Nodinite supports SQL Server Always On and enables full high-availability.

The installer natively detects and uses SQL Server Always-On features from SQL Server 2016 or later. Full support for named instances, readable secondaries are not required and automatic synchronization of databases is set. Ready for your SQL Server Always On needs.

How to get Nodinite 5.1

Are you a new customer? Request a demo and we will make sure we will get you started!

Are you an existing customer? Visit the all new Nodinite Portal, register and get started by downloading Nodinite 5.1 and update your environment.

Establishing our brand – Integration Days and Hotspot 2019

We are working hard to establish our new brand on the market.

Enfo Integration Days 2019

Enfo’s description of the event: Integration Days is not just any event. It is a community, a movement, the largest gathering of professionals in the Nordics with a passion for system integration, digitalization and the possibilities it creates.

Nodinite was one of the sponsors of the event and we had a beautiful spot in the venue where we had the opportunity to talk to a lot of participants and promote both our new brand and our product – Nodinite.

We also had a break-out session which was all about how to use Nodinite to achieve law and order in your integration landscape.

Hotspot 2019

Hotspot is an event which the university of Karlstad, Sweden, arranges each year to provide a place for employers to connect with students. It also provides a good way for companies to promote the company on the local market.

During the event, students that visited our spot, were able to participate in our hotspot2019 challenge in which 3 students could win a chromecast.

Summary

Both events were great for our company to promote our new brand and response was great! We will continue to participate during events in the future and this is part of our new strategy to establish us on the map!

Integration Software becomes Nodinite

After 7 years in business, we at Nodinite (former Integration Software) have made a decision. A decision to start our new journey.

We go from being a software company, selling many products, to becoming a single-platform company. At Integration Software, we delived Integration Manager, BizTalk Adapters and BizDoc. At Nodinite however, we are and deliver Nodinite (former Integration Manager).

What this means to you, either an existing or interested customer, an existing or interested business partner, we will let you know what it means to you.

What we have done so far

  • We obviusly rebranded our company
    • Nodinite – comes from two words, 1. Nodi – Latin word for a node, 2. unite, combined Nodinite.
    • We also defined a new pay off; Always Aware.
    • A new logotype and a lot of other stuff
  • Our website obviously received a minor remake, as well as it has full focus on one single platform; Nodinite.
  • Introduced a new partner model. At Nodinite we will no longer deliver software as part of our service directly to customers, this will from now on be handled by our certified partners.
  • Moved from a private-cloud solution for our websites to Microsoft Azure, because of our plan to become more international. But more about that in an upcoming blog post.

A new documentation site

A lot of time has past since we updated our documentation website, but we have definitely seen the need to do, that is why, combined with our new rebrand, we are proud to release a new documentation website – https://documentation.nodinite.com.

The new website is fully focussed on Nodinite (former Integration Manager) and received a lot of new features:

  1. Find what you are looking for with the new search feature.
  2. Navigate along a selected documentation page using Table of Contents
  3. Social share features to simply share what you think is worthy to share on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook
  4. From ground up newly designed interface for documentation
  5. and much more

We will showcase our new documentation in an upcoming news as well, but we wanted to let you know that we are working on that.

You can find the new documentation here: https://documentation.nodinite.com/

What you need to know

If you have been in contact with us using our integrationsoftware.se email addresses, you can still use these to reach us and we will reply to you, using our nodinite.com email addresses.

For our support, we will create a new support-site exclusively for Nodinite, but until then, our existing support page is still running https://support.integrationsoftware.se/

Next steps

Obviously we have a lot to do and a lot of things are going to happen.

  • A new version of Nodinite (former Integration Manager); version 5.0
  • As stated before, a new support platform that will focus on Nodinite (former Integration Manager)
  • Partner portal for our partners to log on to and get the latest partner information available
  • And much more

Let us know what you think and we hope that you will be part of our journey!