Graebel Companies Inc. Taps JNBridge to Simplify Transition to SOA Framework for Relocation Services Offering
JNBridge's JMS Adapter for .NET allows Graebel to leverage existing business logic and easily integrate JMS messaging with a .NET-based SOA framework
Boulder, Colorado, June 7, 2010
JNBridge, (www.jnbridge.com), the award-winning provider of Java and .NET Framework-based interoperability tools, today announced Graebel Companies, Inc. (www.graebel.com), a Denver-based global relocation and moving services firm, has successfully incorporated JNBridge’s JMS Adapter for .NET with their .NET-based SOA infrastructure in order to implement durable messaging between a broad spectrum of .NET applications and JMS. As a result, Graebel was able to leverage existing business logic and trim time to market, deploying production applications in just under 60-days.
Since its founding in 1950, Graebel has grown dramatically from a local mover into an international full-service relocation and move management organization. As the company expanded, Graebel became increasingly adept at managing its customers’ logistics and the IT systems and applications that support its business. Early on, an implementation of Oracle® Financials gave rise to a variety of independent Oracle database applications. In recent years, the centralized Graebel IT organization focused on evolving and simplifying the underlying application infrastructure.
“We run a landscape of applications,” explained Brad Siler, Chief Financial Officer of Graebel Companies, Inc. “We needed a standard way to integrate applications, which started our move to an SOA infrastructure.”
Graebel had already implemented an SOA framework using .NET to integrate data across divisions and build information portals targeted at specific customer types. The SOA infrastructure allows Graebel to deliver relocation services quickly and cost-effectively to various customers, such as its corporate clients’ transferees.
At the backbone of the SOA framework, the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is a standards-based infrastructure for building composite applications that integrate with legacy back-end data and services. The ESB includes a queuing mechanism that routes messages between service endpoints. Using Microsoft .NET WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) APIs, Graebel wanted to implement durable messaging between .NET services and a Java Message Service infrastructure (specifically Apache ActiveMQ and Oracle Advanced Queuing).
In researching interoperability solutions through SOA forums, Graebel developers learned about the JNBridge JMS Adapter for .NET. The adapter aligned perfectly with their requirements because it provides seamless integration between a JMS infrastructure and any .NET application that can consume a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) endpoint.
“We liked the fact that the adapter had a WCF binding that plugged right into our .NET applications,” said Siler. “With our extensive set of portal applications, there are multiple endpoints for message routing, including internal and external portals based on SharePoint Server and ASP.NET. As a result of using the adapter, we were able to trim time-to-market, deploying the adapter with production applications in just under 60 days.”
As Graebel continues to build out applications, the JNBridge JMS Adapter for .NET is positioned to deliver critical integration capabilities that can help to shorten the development cycle.
“The JNBridge JMS Adapter for .NET provides native binding to WCF, so the Graebel developers were able to configure it directly through WCF services,” said Wayne Citrin, CTO of JNBridge. “And with support for durable messaging, Graebel was able to ensure message delivery between their .NET applications and JMS.”
For more information on the JMS Adapter for .NET and JNBridge’s other interoperability products, please visit: (www.jnbridge.com). For information about Graebel Companies, Inc., please visit: (www.graebel.com).
About The Graebel Companies, Inc.
Graebel is a global relocation company that provides worldwide relocation management services, domestic U.S. and international moving and storage services, freight forwarding, move management and commercial office moving and workplace services. Divisions include Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Graebel Commercial Services, Inc., Graebel Van Lines, Inc., Graebel Movers, Inc, and Move Management, Inc. The World Headquarters is located in Aurora, Colorado and on-the-ground services are performed in 153 countries, and its centers are located throughout the U.S., Canada, and in Prague, the Czech Republic and Singapore. Graebel is a wholly owned, privately-held company boasting a strong balance sheet, proprietary technology and processes, and employs an extensively background-checked and trained employee workforce. Clientele include respected firms in the Fortune 500 and the global 100. Graebel Relocation was honored with first-place among relocation companies in the ‘HRO Today 2010 Baker’s Dozen. 2010 marks the Graebel organization’s 60th anniversary in the relocation and moving industry. To learn more visit: www.graebel.com.
JNBridge connects Java and .NET Framework-based components and applications together with tools and adapters that are fast, simple to use and remove the complexities of cross-platform interoperability. JNBridge is a privately-held company based in Boulder, Colorado. Founded in 2001, JNBridge has over 400 unique customers in 40 countries that use JNBridge’s award-winning solutions in a wide variety of applications in financial services, insurance, media, manufacturing and other industries. Please visit www.jnbridge.com for more information.