Previously, adhoc and hand coded scripts for integration solved the purpose and were sufficient as the used technologies were part of a single architecture. However, today’s organizations are using a combination of different technologies offered by different set of vendors. Therefore, using the same muscle for integrating thousands of endpoints and extensive infrastructure can be costly and also ineffective. Organizations need to have a solution that gives 360-degree view of applications, ensures collaboration, delivers greater flexibility and streamlines business processes.
Until 1990, manual coding was a good solution for integrating applications. However, new era of enterprise B2B integration software requires a radical new and lean approach as cross functional business collaboration with ancient techniques is expensive, time consuming, error prone and redundant. Businesses acquiring differentiated technologies develop the following kinds of gaps in their IT ecosystem:
- Differently layered source systems overlapping with high volumes of data.
- Unstructured datasources like, social media, web server logs, Primavera P6,, Excel spreadsheets, SQL databases, RSS feeds, Access databases, XML files, etc.
- Multiple set of integration use cases.
- Hiring cost of integration specialists for developing point to point integrations between applications.
- Brings Cross Functional Collaboration: The solution must deliver the flexibility to integrate a spectrum of cloud and on-premise applications including customer relationship management (CRM), financial applications, business analytics, supply chain, etc. Modern integration approach must give enhanced capabilities to optimize processes and simplify partner data exchange.
- Syncs with High Functioning External systems: A modern integration framework must enable business users to create workflows with other applications. The solution should enable business users to bring data from multiple client and partner facing systems.
- Updates Systems in Simple Steps: Updating software on timely basis is quintessential as well as a rough challenge for the IT. However, updating a patch in close knit systems can disrupt the flow of entire business chain. A modern integration approach should be able to update specific areas of business without disrupting other business functions.
- Tackles Pervasive Integration Challenges: Large enterprises with hundreds or thousands of applications face weighty integration challenges and struggle to share information with partners on time. Today’s IT environment mandates a radical new approach for integration and IT governance. Moving technologies at the speed of business and responding faster to changes requires higher level of maneuverability, creative flexibility, and cadence.
Let’s take the example of Workplace, A social productivity app of Facebook. A partner network of skilled IT workers provide dedicated tools on Workplace for document management, file storage, document management, etc. The enterprises using Workplace will still need to extract data with legacy applications. With better tools for collaboration, enterprises can seamlessly share data with their partners, collect quality customer data and stay ahead of the curve.