The integration software space has seen little innovation over the past 15 years as solutions have consistently been designed for engineers using developer tools. However, end users need a solution that moves at the speed of business, the pace of which has exponentially increased in recent years thanks to the rapid proliferation of technologies like cloud, mobile and social that enable business users to accomplish their jobs more quickly and efficiently.
As a result, business environments are more dynamic than ever and need to be flexible, scalable and nimble in order to create connections with other companies. However, IT staff has larger technology issues on their plates. As business users strive to become more self-sufficient, organizations need a solution that both enables users to quickly and easily perform data connections while allowing IT to secure, control and monitor activity in the cloud, and freeing them to focus on strategic initiatives.
A seamless solution can only be achieved through a hybrid integration approach. When business users can securely automate data connections, all within the “walled garden” of parameters and controls set by IT on the backend, the result is increased productivity, efficiency and cost savings across the entire organization.
Business users can create data connections with customers and partners instantaneously, allowing more rapid onboarding processes, more efficient management of partner trading networks and seamless cloud integration that enables business users to be more agile, responding in real time to an ever-changing business environment.
All the while, corporate IT can rest assured that network architecture remains intact and uncompromised. In addition, the management and visibility offered by a hybrid integration solution allows IT to focus on higher-level, strategic initiatives, ensuring that the organization at large remains competitive in the market.
A seamless, hybrid integration solution requires two key components: simplicity and security. It must be simple enough to empower business users to easily make data connections, while secure enough to ensure IT compliance. Organizations that embrace these elements and incorporate them into their software integration procedures will set themselves up for long-term growth and success, while those that don’t will be left behind.