Although the “best-of-breed vs. integrated suite” argument was a reliable enterprise IT debate for decades, the victor is now clear: The modern enterprise runs on dozens, if not hundreds, of applications and data frameworks. Executives and business users want on-demand access to a wide range of data sources. Constant change in the business environment, due to market conditions, mergers and acquisitions, and innumerable competitive pressures, will continue to stoke demand for more and more data.
The right application and data integration platform will replace multiple silos of skill sets and technologies. Many large enterprises use separate tools to extract, transfer, and load data (ETL), and multiple integration applications, creating layers of complexity. The application integration solution should incorporate a high level of intelligence to simplify legacy endpoint support, speeding integration tasks by 25 percent or more.
A checklist for multipoint integration
Application integration developers are responsible for a high multiple of endpoints to move data into and out of, daily. These IT professionals must be experts in multiple languages and interfaces that aggregate productivity is likely to plummet. As noted in the self-service chapter or section, the application and data integration platform should allow citizen integrators to be productive, even when integrating data from legacy endpoints—a pervasive requirement that few solutions meet.
Multipoint Integration explained
- Simple and complex orchestration eliminates multiple integration tools and downstream silos, consolidating data, application, and process integrations through a single enablement platform.
- Hundreds of pre-built connectors allow the vast majority of enterprise endpoints to be integrated immediately, without coding.
- Data integration capabilities allow the full range of end users to self-serve without IT intervention.
- Application integration (SaaS, ERP, etc.) enables both data and process flows to be exchanged, creating customized environments quickly
- A Java software development kit (SDK) speeds custom cloud connector development, to make internally developed applications full participants in the multipoint enterprise environment.
- The ability to connect multiple deployment environments, such as on-premises, cloud, and hybrid, addresses current needs while supporting future growth.