During the past few years, frequent innovations in technology have brought a slew of changes in the integration landscape. Organizations are moving away from an ‘all-in-one technology approach’ towards best-in-breed suite approach to fill operational needs on a niche basis. Gartner estimates that 20% of large organizations will be using complex hybrid applications by 2018 to create an overarching business benefits framework. The software functionality gaps have created a pressing need for a modern integration approach that not only deals with pervasive integration needs, but also collaborates and moves technology with the speed of business.
Entities evaluate software and functions on different parameters and decide what works best for them. However, specialized software work in vacuum and operate as a data island, making interdepartmental data sharing extremely difficult. Different segments of data ownership prevent teams from collaborating and developing unified reports. In such scenarios, combining HR, operations data, sales or accounting data becomes a tough task. For this, organizations need to spend huge amount of money on manual coding flows for piping data to far flung corners of the organization.
Smart and forward thinking organizations need to focus more on partner collaboration rather than consolidation. Amazon, Facebook and Google, and Apple are offering the next generation of software for work. To interoperate effectively and with fragmented suites of applications, organizations will require end-to-end B2B solutions that ensure IT management and collaboration from a single source view.
Today’s organizations require an integrated framework for managing organization wide core functions like payroll, benefits administration, sales and performance management. The modern integration framework should not just focus on consolidation, but it must be designed to strategically collaborate the software and users in a harmonious way.
Innovations in technology are opening up new challenges for businesses and at the same time placing a greater responsibility on integration vendors to relentlessly develop responses for emerging integration needs. Here are some key capabilities to look out for in a modern integration approach: