Every enterprise is aspiring and striving for digital transformation these days. Against a background of changing technology and business requirements, enterprises are looking to revamp their integration strategy. Nowadays there is a plethora of cloud and on-prem applications, devices, and systems deployed in the business ecosystem, each catering to specific needs. The traditional middleware technologies such as point to point integrations, ESB (Electronic Server Bus) have their limitations when it comes to application/data integration requirements driven by digitization and changing customer expectations.
Enterprises are looking at cloud-native hybrid integration platforms (HIP), offering flexibility, scalability and greater agility to streamline their integration pursuits. Not just this, there are multiple factors which have given rise to the adoption of hybrid integration platform –
* Traditional IT integrations struggle to scale up to cater to the proliferation of cloud-based apps
* LOB users no longer willing to depend on IT and wait for months for the deployment of integrations for critical projects
* Businesses are experiencing a shorter sales cycle and demanding the quick return of investments
* Rapidly changing business scenarios that require modernizing the current business practices such as migration of data to the cloud, expediting trading partners
The journey to adopt a hybrid integration platform needs to be tread carefully. Enterprises need to carve out a plan meticulously that layouts the roadmap for them. Let’s look at the few considerations which are typically involved while choosing a hybrid integration platform.
1. Due Diligence of Current Requirements – Before finalizing your HIP strategy, an enterprise needs to study the existing integration practices, business expansion initiatives planned for near future and identifying the integration gaps which might impact data integration and data management goals. Also, a detailed change management plan comprising security and compliance issues, and migration of on-prem applications to a cloud ecosystem without causing any shutdown to the current system needs to be developed and shared with the wider IT team.
2. Availability of Skilled Expertise – A HIP platform once implemented would be sufficient to be used by LOB and IT users equally. But the initial deployment needs skilled integration specialists to monitor and maintain the integration platform. A cloud-native hybrid integration platform will need a highly skilled and trained team for continuous delivery, automatic deployment, and support for frequent changes.
3. Phased Implementation Approach – A HIP is supposed to bring the best of both worlds (on-prem and cloud) at the disposal of an enterprise. Hence, a phased implementation approach is needed to move swiftly moving the business ecosystem towards your HIP strategy. You might need to reuse parts of the existing integration systems and complementing it with the HIP to slowly modernize your legacy integration.
Some other factors such as moving towards a microservices architecture, investment in APIs are also some of the considerations while formulating a HIP strategy. An enterprise needs to take a holistic view of the existing background and future to-be state to make an educated decision for selecting a hybrid integration platform.
DXchange Integration Cloud is one such alternative available to today’s enterprises. It provides a cloud-native hybrid integration platform for your enterprise’s integration needs. It offers plenty of features and comes with a user-friendly no-code platform with a drag and drop interface, which are not just only suitable for the enterprise integration needs, but good enough to give a strong push to their overall digital transformation journey.