CIOs and other leaders are constantly looking for new ways to leverage technology and data to transform businesses. But before you can think about garnering insights or creating delightful customer experiences (CXs), you need to connect and standardize all of the data across your entire application landscape.
From established on-premises systems to newly adopted SaaS applications and data, integration is a critical step toward digital business transformation.
The demand for building faster, easy integrations has surpassed the capacity majority of enterprises can handle and manage. Legacy integration approaches simply can’t keep up with such emerging demands. These solutions primarily rely on companies’ IT teams for building connections and integrating new customers. In doing so, IT or developer teams have to execute long hours of custom coding and complex EDI mapping. Not only does this turn systems more complex but also fragile.
One can overcome these potential pitfalls by replacing legacy solutions with modern ones. But the cost would be unbearable. Suffice to say, it’s hard for companies to rip and replace their infrastructure completely. Businesses, albeit, are looking for ways to transform processes, disperse skillsets over a wider range of people, restructure their integration architecture, and use new technologies to make integration simpler and more efficient.
Reimagining the existing integration approach can help companies manage these changes across myriad business ecosystems including, people, processes, and architecture. The role of Hybrid Integration Platforms (HIPs) comes into play here.
A Hybrid Integration Platform is a framework for system integration that allows users to create, secure, and govern data integration flows, connect diverse data streams, as well as enable rapid API creation and lifecycle management at speed and scale.
By enabling users to connect cloud-based services with on-premises solutions or applications into a single larger system, Hybrid Integration Platforms (HIPs) allow each solution to functionally work together. The goal of a Hybrid Integration Platform is to:
In other words, a hybrid integration platform must provide all the solutions companies need to make it simpler and easier in order to integrate data as well as applications across on-premises and multi-cloud environments. With data silos broken down, organizations can easily turn their complex, bi-directional customer data streams into actionable insights, thus allowing them to make better decisions faster and delivering value.
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By employing a modern integration approach proffered by a Hybrid Integration Platform (HIP), companies can empower their business teams to build faster integrations and drive data exchange across partner ecosystems while lowering costs. Done right, organizations will be able to continue using their existing infrastructure and legacy integration approaches while introducing endpoints, use cases, and deployment models at their own pace.
A Hybrid Integration Platform fosters collaboration, democratization, and reuse of assets, helping integration teams build and support the volume of integrations to improve ease of doing business and drive digital transformation initiatives.