We have now been through the first five steps to creating a hybrid integration strategy. To recap, they are:
- Understanding your integration “center of gravity”
- Determining how much control and responsibility you want
- Knowing your users
- Planning to keep up with project demands
- Using a flexible approach to integration
The final step in your hybrid integration strategy is considering how all of these integration changes can impact your data quality and project stability.
The integrity of your data is important, and by introducing changes in the personnel who develop your integration projects, as well as the approaches you take to building integrations, you have the potential to introduce risk.
Risk is particularly at play with regards to how your data is protected from corruption. For example, data corruption could be introduced by developers who do not have the right level of knowledge about your systems of record. Only authorized users should have access to update your application data. That’s why proper governance and controls are essential to mitigating risk and maintaining any compliance policies your organization might have.
For example, it might make sense to document your integration processes and best practices with the goal of mitigating any risk that could be introduced into your environment. Your company will want to mitigate risk introduced by the new integration projects, especially given the potential that non-integration specialists may be managing these projects.
Now that you know the necessary steps, are you ready to develop a hybrid integration strategy? At Software AG, we can help you understand the challenges facing businesses like yours when you are building your integration strategy for the future.
Software AG provides the industry’s leading secure and reliable integration platform, webMethods. With webMethods, you can meet the needs of your IT integration developers as well as empower non-integration specialists with self-service integration tools to solve their integration projects quickly. Software AG’s webMethods Integration Platform runs in the cloud and on-premises, as well as in hybrid scenarios, just like our complete Digital Business Platform.