This year's Cloud Security Expo will feature a session on the involvement of ActiveEon in the Home Office Immigration Platform. Along with Neil Butler, Home Office's programme director for digital transformation and Programme Director for Digital Transformation, and John Holben, Home Office's solution architect, will be Denis Caromel, CEO and founder of the ActiveEon company.
Denis has great experience in the speaking field, having given many invited talks on Cloud, Parallel and Distributed Computing worldwide (including locations such as Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Berkeley, Stanford, NASA Langley, IBM Tom Watson and Zurich). He acted as keynote speaker at several major conferences including MDM, DAPSYS 2008, CGW'08, Shanghai CCGrid 2009, IEEE ICCP'09, ICPADS 2009 in Hong Kong. Recently, he has given many invited talks: for example at Devoxx (to an audience of around 3500 people), an invited conference on Cloud at Expo Universal 2010 Shanghai, and at Open Stack Summit in Santa Clara.
So how does ActiveEon fit into the Home Office Immigration Platform picture? The story goes back to the early part of 2014, when Home Office significantly updated and refreshed legacy systems that would modernise Immigration Platform Technologies (IPT). This was achieved by developing and testing a Shared Service Bus (SSB) and a Common Data Platform (CDP). These were devised to support communication between Immigration and Enforcement systems.
The SSB supports communication between various immigration and enforcement systems, whilst the CDP creates a lone, consistent view of immigration and related data. The aim of this is twofold: to lower data inconsistency issues and to close down legacy systems after their data is transferred to the CDP. All services are hosted in the Cloud, using the Skyscape Cloud Services.
“To issue an entry visa to foreigners is no longer a matter of paper forms,” says Denis. “The United Kingdom Home Office is updating the process to accommodate with the growing migrant flows and with many rules, including digital first”.
“The online application service for visas, a business intelligence platform to decide or not to attribute a Visa to a worldwide applicant, relies on ActiveEon solutions ProActive Workflows and Scheduling, and Cloud Automation”.
Denis adds that the Home Office Digital Immigration Platform Technologies have recently received several awards, including one from the British Computer Society about cloud technologies best practices.
Denis says that there are many key benefits of the Immigration Platform. These include: a scalable platform with very high availability; efficient access to the most recent data; and automation workflows with data integration. Other major gains include data consistency vision; programme execution optimisation; complete traceability; and software cost savings.
As a software editor, ActiveEon provides its cutting edge solution ProActive Workflows and Scheduling to orchestrate and fully automate Data Integration in the Cloud. ActiveEon workflows run in fully automatic mode up to every five minutes. This ensures consistent data integration, and also allows for unexpected problems or events.
Denis explains: “ActiveEon is a worldwide leader in Cloud IT Workload management, data integration, and automation for the following: Scheduling and orchestration of IT and big data workloads; Big data processing and analytics; and Automation of applications and services in private, public, hybrid Clouds.”
In addition, ActiveEon orchestrates Talend solutions for Data Integration. The programme also uses NETbuilder services for design, creation, support and management of the full life cycle of environments.
“ActiveEon brings business speed, scale, and reliability to international customers”, says Denis. “These include CEA, L‘OREAL, SAFRAN, SeaEngineering (US), AxisPoint Health (McKesson, US), and Home Office (UK Ministry of Interior).”
The recent developments were achieved using Agile methodology. In addition to Agile in the software development methods, it was also used in the technology selection and acquisition of software providers. This resulted in speedy delivery, and furthermore with significant savings.
“Within ActiveEon, driven by our customer demands, we just released a new version with full DOCKER support”, concludes Denis. “ There will be several important use cases taking advantage of that technology in the near future.”