It’s great to see more and more discussion about the need to re-think your enterprise integration strategy. This week, I participated in an InfoQ Virtual Panel: The Current State of Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The key takeaways were:
- “iPaaS is no longer just about integration occurring in the cloud. iPaaS takes advantage of inherent cloud platform capabilities such as dynamic scale, containers, resource management and self-service.
- SaaS connectors are still relevant and a preferred approach over direct API calls for productivity, simplicity, abstraction and security reasons.
SOAP, once largely entrenched in ESBs and Integration Brokers, has given way to REST and JSON in iPaaS.
- The future of iPaaS is connecting and enabling other high value business outcomes related to analytics, machine learning and big data.
- Digital transformation is a driver for organizations to move from traditional on-premises middleware to iPaaS in order to drive down costs and increase velocity.”
You can read the entire discussion, including more about application, device, and data integration plans here. Thanks to Kent Weare and InfoQ for the opportunity to participate.
Well-known integration guru Richard Seroter reviewed the InfoQ virtual panel and went further in his post: Integration trends you should care about. They are: iPaaS, microservices, citizen integrators. I particularly like his line about meeting the needs of for self-service integration in the enterprise:
“The world will always need integration specialists, but it’s important to support the growing needs of those who shouldn’t have to queue up for help from the experts.”
David Linthicum, whom we recently worked with on a modern integration requirements webinar, has recently published a new whitepaper called: 8 Reasons Why Your Legacy Data Integration Plan Must Change. The reasons are:
- Application and Data Convergence
- Need for Self Service Data Integration
- Rise of “Big Data”
- The Rise of the Data Lake
- Applications Moving to the Cloud
- Data Moving to the Cloud
- Rise of the Internet of Things (IoT)
- Rise of Microservices
In the paper, David notes:
“Data integration is becoming a competitive advantage that is directly tied to the success of the business. Those that can’t practice data integration correctly and rely on legacy technologies will likely fall by the wayside within their industry. The ROI from data integration is huge, considering the upside to the business.”
I encourage you to download the full paper on the SnapLogic website and get started on modernizing your data integration plan today. Here’s a recent recording of the 10 Modern Integration requirements that you may also find useful:
The presentation is available for download on Slideshare.