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SITA ramps up integration of legacy systems with Liaison tool

Derek du Preez | Feb. 14, 2013
SITA, the world’s largest provider of airport IT and telecommunications services, is in the process of improving the integration of its legacy systems in a bid to make them more open and flexible, by wrapping the systems with an XML interface and using Liaison’s data integration tool, Contivo.

"It literally draws a line from one system to another. However, we don't make as much use of the business related functionality just yet. You can do things like define concepts within the interfaces, which Contivo can automatically carry out further mappings for new integrations."

He added: "So, for example, it would allow the tool to make some intuitive choices. You could define something as a passenger, and then whenever Contivo encountered another passenger, it would understand the mapping for that and automatically map it from one side to another. This process is more manual at the moment."

Fantozzi told Computerworld UK that he is aware of a new feature being released by Liaison that would allow for increased automation when integrating the systems. The feature creates 'Maplets', which are small pieces of mappings that then can be shared across different integrations.

He believes that these Maplets may help speed up the process of integrating hundreds and hundreds of systems.

Fantozzi said: "It would enable me to pick, for example, a passenger, and the common mapping between two different industry interfaces would enable to pick that up and put it into different systems.

"So I would only have to do that particular mapping once, and everywhere 'passenger' was represented, it would automatically carry it out. The biggest challenge we have is that a lot of the interfaces, the messages we are dealing with, are very similar in construct."

He added: "At the moment we have to do a certain amount of manual mapping for every interface."


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