Modern integration projects
A comment from Gartner highlights the new position for integration.
most CIOs have yet to recognize that their traditional, established integration strategies cannot cope with digitalization’s fast technology innovation and accelerated pace of business – Massimo Pezzini, Gartner
For modern business requirements, more streamlined technologies are needed to integrate the systems of the future – systems that will comprise numerous on-premise, cloud and mobile application, as well as lightweight services. This will require new methodologies that encourage more agile development approaches and allow for more rapid iterations during development.
The advantage of modern integration applications is that there is no infrastructure to install because the software is cloud-based. The use of SaaS (software-as-a-service) licensing also means no upfront licensing cost. Usage-based pricing is the new approach, which allows integration projects to start small, at a much lower cost, with cost increases matched to the growth of the system. Consequently, it is easier now to start an integration project.
Modern design and implementation
In today’s world, integration development must be able to support a business environment which requires fast response times. Cloud-based integration platforms enable faster iterations in the development process, allowing for scope changes to be accommodated quicker and greater flexibility throughout the application lifecycle.
Modern integration platforms provide a more flexible approach to application deployment, allowing movement between development, testing and production to be quick.
New application programming
The technology of integration has changed. Although XML is still widely used, the adoption of REST and JSON, and use of APIs to make integration more open, are increasing. Whilst some aspects of application integration still require technical skills to build integrations, a movement to encourage citizen integrators – users with some technical understanding – is empowering business users to get more involved in performing integration tasks.
New data interchange
The concept of the ‘API Economy‘ is increasing the understanding and appreciation of APIs as an easier interface to share data between business partners. With the adoption of APIs, organizations of any size can be involved in a partner ecosystem that uses data interchange to make business more efficient.
Modern application integration technology
The growth of a new integration technology – integration platform-as-a-service, or iPaaS – is a cloud-based solution that enables users to connect applications regardless of whether they’re on-premise or in the cloud without having to add layers to their infrastructure. iPaaS enables IT managers to move beyond patching together disparate software, and provides cloud-based integration that seamlessly connects a variety of applications, databases, and channels.