Software AG believes hybrid integration must be in the future of every company in order to survive in the era of digital disruption.
In my last blogs, I outlined why survival in this world of digital disruption requires a new look at hybrid integration and how a lack of agility in your integration strategies will impact whether your company wins or loses market share. Today, I’d like to talk about the best way to create the right hybrid integration strategy.
Best-in-class hybrid integration solutions must provide more capabilities than are commonly found in traditional on-premises integration platforms, iPaaS offerings or cloud platform services.
Here’s what you need to consider for future-proof integration:
- Complex cloud integration patterns. Companies require sophisticated tools for building integrations across diverse cloud applications topologies, with the intention of creating new business logic rather than data synchronization projects.
- Cloud-to-on-premises integration. Even though cloud adoption is on the rise, very few organizations are limited to only running in the cloud. On-premises and legacy applications are not going away soon.
- Broad connectivity. Connectivity to applications and other data sources is one of the biggest integration challenges because there are so many data sources to connect.
- API management. APIs provide an easy-to-use approach for developers to share services and wire systems together. However, hard-wiring systems together using APIs can lead to brittle and hard to maintain integrations.
- Continuous delivery. As more projects affect front-office business transformation processes, monolithic and static deployments no longer make sense. This shift is causing IT to decompose monolithic structures into finely grained services that can be modified and scaled quickly.
- Microservices architectures. Microservices architectures work hand in hand with DevOps and continuous integration, as well as with API management capabilities, since microservices are typically accessed and initiated via APIs.
- Enterprise vs. departmental use. Companies must consider how their hybrid integration platform can be offered as a shared service at the enterprise level. This frees up departmental users from having to manage and maintain department-specific integration tools, while also letting them reuse integrations to commonly accessed back-end systems, such as ERP, CRM and databases.
- Personas and bi-modal development support. Companies should ensure that their hybrid integration solution supports bi-modal IT development, which means empowering ad hoc developers and citizen integrators.
- Multi-cloud platform support. Cloud vendors typically do not have true integration capabilities, so remember not to rely too heavily on a cloud provider and avoid vendor lock-in.
- In-memory data management. Ensure that your integration vendor can work with large volumes of data and provide rapid updates for real-time queries and other transactions.
- IoT device integration and management. Integration technologies must help companies extend their business models by integrating IoT devices directly with business applications and the workflows they impact.
At a high level, a hybrid integration platform must support integration with everything from cloud application and on-premises application integration to legacy, big data, partner and IoT device integration. And, of course, the platform needs to be flexible enough to integrate tomorrow’s technology trends too.
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