PIT: Rails in the Enterprise

Most Rails integration efforts revolve around integrating with third party vendors, but much less is being said about how a Rails based application can be a key contributer and consumer of different apps and legacy databases in an enterprise environment. This is the story of PIT, the Programme Information Toolkit, a BBC meta data content management system. It influences what users can play in http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer and what they can review when they access the website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes. We will examine all the triumphs, failures and lessons learned.