Jason Bloomberg has kicked of a series of posts this week focused on Enterprise Architecture (EA) and the increasingly important role of Enterprise Architects. His first EA Communique is: Supporting the ‘Citizen Integrator’ with Enterprise Architecture. When it comes to the need for self-service integration, he notes:
“Traditional integration tooling is IT-centric, typically requiring deep technical knowledge. EAs must instead be able to recommend tools like SnapLogic whose ease of use facilitates citizen integrators, while simultaneously supporting the governance needs of the IT organization.
Tools like SnapLogic shift the context for enterprise integration away from how ‘traditional’ IT has thought about integration: middleware-centric and complicated, and therefore slow and inflexible. Yes, the danger here once again is falling into the bimodal trap: if ‘slow’ IT remains in control of integration, then people will find ways around it – invariably leading to governance issues.
You can read the full write up here.
Self-service was also a hot topic last week at Gartner AADI in Las Vegas, building on the recently published report: CIO Call to Action: Shake Up Your Integration Strategy to Enable Digital Transformation. The Adobe case study was featured in the presentation: DIY Integration Strategies for Hybrid IT. We’ve posted some conference pictures of Dinesh Gopinathan, Business Leader – Integration Services at Adobe, presenting along side Massimo Pezzini from Gartner on our Flickr account here. Here are some of the tweets from the event that speak to the cloud and big data integration platform as a service (iPaaS) shift:
— SnapLogic (@SnapLogic) December 3, 2015
— Darren Cunningham (@dcunni) December 3, 2015
With Digital Transformation the hot topic for enterprise IT organizations seeking greater business agility and alignment, integration is also being re-imagined. (For more on how everything is being re-imagined, be sure to review Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report.) I think this tweet from the #GartnerAADI keynote summarizes what they call the DigiFlip well:
— Steve Adkins (@StephenSAdkins) December 1, 2015