In some ways, every year is an integration year — and it pretty much has been since we started moving away from businesses running on one mainframe, I suppose. Still, there are indications that integration could become a bigger pain point in the coming year.
For instance, some experts predict cloud integration will become a major strategic issue as enterprise apps move to the cloud. That’s because cloud simplifies a lot of things about switching applications: SaaS is contract-based, rather than an on-premise upgrade, making it easier to leave behind, plus you don’t have a hefty hardware investment to justify.
But what doesn’t change is the need for integration. If anything, it becomes more important, because undoing and redoing integration becomes a major consideration when you look at switching cloud applications.
So, possibly, application integration may literally tie you to a cloud-based app.
Data integration will also become a major issue, again thanks to the use of cloud technology, according to data integration and SOA expert, David Linthicum.
Writing on data integration vendor Pervasive’s blog, Linthicum shared what he sees as the three reasons data integration will be in greater demand in the coming year:
But that data isn’t going to integrate itself. We’re going to need to move, store and mediate that data, and data integration tools will be key to doing that, he writes.
So, if integration is your bailiwick, smile. It looks like you’ve got job security for at least the year to come.