Integration & APIs 3 mins read

Integration is more than Connecting Apps

If throwing your apps into the cloud or connecting them to on-premises enterprise solutions was all there was to managing their integration, the world would be a simpler place. It’s not.

Subhash Ramachandran Subhash Ramachandran

There are literally millions of apps in the world; for a start, mobile phone apps alone number over 2.0 million.

There are applications for back office payments, apps for risk management, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning applications. There are third party apps and proprietary apps. There are vanilla apps and custom apps. You get the picture…

If tossing your apps into the cloud or connecting them to on-premises enterprise solutions was all there to manage their integration, the world would be a simpler place. It’s not.

Integration today is not just about connecting your IT applications, systems and databases. Today’s integration challenges include integrating applications no matter where they are deployed – integration platform as a service (iPaaS), inside a company’s firewalls, or at a partner’s site. Integration also must help manage external access to a company’s unique data and capabilities, by even unknown developers, via an API.

Integration must ensure that all interactions between applications and users automatically enforce a business’s policies and standards. It must allow systems using different protocols and data formats to interoperate without changes. It must allow events generated throughout the system to be correlated to identify patterns for actionable intelligence.

In short, integration today must be hybrid. Hybrid integration platforms do much more than connect apps. They provide a high-performance platform for the development of future IT apps.

Attributes of a truly modern hybrid integration platform include:

  • The ability to expose integration as APIs while providing a secure platform and managing their full lifecycle management
  • Adding capabilities for B2B integration so that integration spans your entire trading network including your customers and suppliers
  • Great on-premises connectivity in addition to SaaS since there is still a lot of mission critical ERP, mainframe and legacy applications in use
  • The ability to build responsive and agile apps using low code, robotic process automation and business rules
  • Underlying in-memory to reduce disk I/O latency for high performance and scale
  • Future proofing yourself with the ability to connect IoT sensors and devices and integrating them with your hybrid integration platform

This is why integration is much more than just connecting cloud apps and donkey work. Trust a stallion to help: Software AG offers a true differentiator in the industry with modular capabilities delivered as a single, comprehensive, well-integrated platform.

Software AG is recognized as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Strategic iPaaS And Hybrid Integration Platforms [report], Q1 2019. Our award-winning multi-function iPaaS is specifically built to handle the new complexities of the digital disruption economy. Download the Forrester report here.