A lack of agility in your integration strategies will impact whether your company wins or loses market share. Like a juggler on a unicycle riding the rail tracks, if you drop something your whole business strategy can fall down. This is because you will be unable to connect the applications and data sources of the future, and will not have the agility to react quickly to support new initiatives and opportunities - or to deflect threats.
This is according to Software AG’s white paper, Hybrid Integration in the Era of Digital Disruption. In my last post, I discussed the three critical actions that traditional companies need to take to position themselves to succeed against digital disruptors: Rethink integration technology; empower integration developers; scale and adapt fast.
Today, I want to talk about the significant changes in how IT departments can (and should) deliver technology to their organizations has changed over the past few years.
As the traditional concept of a data center changes from a dedicated facility to a hybrid environment - with some on-premises components, some cloud components and many cloud applications (most of which are no longer directly managed by the company but leased from third-party vendors) the job of tying together these distributed systems has introduced new complexities and challenges.
Many vendors are coming into the market to try and solve pieces of this hybrid integration problem. However, none of them are able to solve the whole problem. For example, some vendors offer cloud-based integration services called integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS).
Others recommend avoiding integration technologies altogether and suggest APIs to eliminate the need for integration tools. In the near future, many companies will build strategic partnerships with one or more cloud platform vendors (such as Amazon Web Services, Google® and Microsoft® Azure®), which will become their primary platforms for building and deploying the services and business logic on which they run their businesses in this new digital era.
As companies deploy more cloud solutions, they are also changing their development and operations methodologies to function more efficiently. For example, companies deploy many more updates than they currently deliver as they take advantage of web-scale architectures, driving the need for DevOps and continuous delivery.
They also are shifting integration development to new types of users who are not as knowledgeable about integration technologies and architectures. In this new development practice, integrating applications and data is more complicated, leading to uncertainty about how to choose the right integration technologies and patterns.
Confusion is the result of these market changes, forcing companies to ask questions about the role of APIs, microservices, cloud platform services and continuous delivery during the next three to five years. Will traditional integration solutions be able to manage these new requirements and delivery patterns?
Companies are confused about the role of integration technology and its implications going forward; should you enlist a niche iPaaS provider for very focused problems? Maybe you should use SaaS vendors or pure-play API management vendors, who do not provide integration capabilities? There are analyst and consultant solutions galore. So what should you do?
We believe that a hybrid integration platform in combination with an Enterprise iPaaS will address many of the challenges your company faces as you confront today’s increasingly complex integration projects.
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