In this month’s blog I want to talk about integration. Integration is sometimes thought of as merely the “plumbing” of an IT environment but, without it, data often exists in silos.
With siloed data governments run a wide variety of risks; data duplication can occur, innovation suffers and poor business decisions can result from a lack of complete or current information.
I’d like to focus on the integration of mainframe environments in particular. Despite often being labelled as older “legacy” technology, mainframes continue to offer great security, along with ultra-high performance and availability. Software AG has mainframe Adabas customers that have been leveraging mainframes for 30-40 years - and many haven’t had an issue in 10+ years. That alone speaks volumes for mainframes.
But in today’s world, a typical IT environment includes multiple applications on a variety of platforms, requiring some kind of integration. The benefits of integration yield positive results in terms of security and efficiencies and can open the doors to leveraging new technologies. As you begin modernizing, look at the applications, processes and systems that you have developed over the years and ask: “Can they be modernized, can they be connected to other applications?”
The need for integration may seem obvious, but many organizations and government agencies do not have an integrated environment. Integration is an important step towards digital transformation. Software AG’s integration approach for mainframe users leverages two solutions - EntireX and webMethods Integration Server. EntireX turns existing application functions into new high-value business services using true bi-directional service wrapping, while allowing you to rapidly create new .NET, Java® or Web services. webMethods Integration Server is a standards-based enterprise service bus (ESB) that integrates technologies from any vendor, including ERP systems, databases, mainframes and legacy apps, SaaS platforms, Web services, Java® Message Service and packaged apps.
Overall, integration is imperative to the future of an efficient government. It allows for the quick adoption of new technologies and the enabling of a digital and open government, while limiting the impact on their existing investments and IT infrastructure. Integration is also critical for managing the proliferation of data, devices and services. And, most importantly, integration is one of the key steps in modernizing your mission-critical applications so you can continue to leverage them for decades to come.