How Can Users Effectively Implement Hybrid Integration Platform in their Business?
Implementing a hybrid integration solution in the existing business architecture requires a systematic, planned, and focused approach. Users must scheme out a robust hybrid integration strategy to leverage maximum benefits. Here are 8 practices that can help companies in future-proofing their hybrid integration architecture.
1. Plan where to host your integration tools
The first step is to chalk out a plan to find a strategic place from where the data integration tools can be hosted.
2. Analyze who is going to be the end-user
Businesses must identify their end-users. Gartner specified these users to be integration specialists, ad hoc integrators (that is, developers, application teams, SaaS super users, data scientists), and citizen integrators.
3. Address Crucial Dimensions – Integration Domains, Endpoints, and Deployments Models
Next, they need to leverage dimensions - personas, domains, endpoints and, deployment and operating models - to articulate a set of requirements that will help define the HIP capability framework for them.
4. Empower Business Users to Build Integrations
Use hybrid integration platform that enables organizations self-serve, manage, and monitor all integrations on a central platform to guarantee quality and consistency of business demands.
5. Ensure Strong Data Transformation Backbone
To support self-service, the hybrid solution needs to have a strong data transformation backbone that enables users to create complex data mappings, transformations, and data interchange. AI-based mapping mechanism plays a significant role here. It helps users create intelligent mappings to facilitate faster transformations.
6. Decide on IT Governance for Authorization and Access Management
When users are empowered through self- service, they can easily create workflows and manage connections themselves without excessively relying on IT. This makes IT free to focus on governance and control.
7. Provide Hybrid IT Integration Modes
Hybrid integration solutions streamline traditional IT functions while outsourcing others to cloud-based resources. This reduces the conflict and supports traditional and emerging integration needs with agility and control.
8. A Single Vendor Approach May Not Be Optimal
Lastly, relying on a single vendor and adopting a “HIP in a box” approach may trigger risks in relation to technology maturity, technical inconsistency, and more. As per Gartner, adopting a combination of building blocks from different vendors is preferable.