Where is the Integration industry heading?

According to a study by Gartner, the impact of Cloud and emergence of post-modern ERP will relegate highly customized ERP Systems to “Legacy” status. From on premises solutions, the world has moved to cloud solutions.

By 2018, at least 30% of service-centric companies will move the majority of their ERP applications to the Cloud. Going forward, the future of Integration industry is bright and complex. Complexity will present itself as businesses will have to grapple with SaaS, PaaS, mobile, IoT and data explosion and how-to bring synergies with them for greater efficiencies.

To solve unique needs of its users (which are dime by the dozen), business have resorted to embedded integration capabilities as a shortcut solution. However, this has always added complexity of managing point to point integration issues as this not only jacks up security risks but also the integration maintenance costs that tag along with it.

The answer to this lies somewhere else. It’s actually closer and it involves putting a comprehensive enterprise level integration strategy plan in place. To handle all the on-cloud and on-premise applications, iPaaS will play a critical role as it supports application and data integration. Added to this, its features which are on par with any B2B gateways, API Management platforms or the ones found in Data integration tools will make it a preferred choice for Integration specialists.

Added to this, Mobile and IoT will only further hasten the iPaaS adaption. However, few concerns will need to be addressed like 1) ensuring the current lack of standards is addressed. 2) Addressing the valid concerns on privacy and security. 3) Viability of the subscription-based model which is gaining traction with Vendors but something which is susceptible to Profit volatility.

As the competition increases for a business (especially the ones like manufacturing, retail) the need to truly improve their business operations will no longer be an operational issue but rather will become Top Management’s key priority. It is here that Integration specialist can look to partner such organization in charting a road map for immediate implementation to figuring out what needs to be automated or better integrated. It’s a golden opportunity for Integration Specialist to finally come from the back-end and occupy the Centre stage that they truly deserve. As companies upgrade, adopt and optimize their strategies and their operations, it will be the integration industry which will be at the core of this change.

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