Real business drivers exist for rethinking how you handle integration in 2014.
You may think that sounds odd, but regular readers know you can either view integration as a one-off step for other projects — and pay a high cost for it — or you can take a more strategic view that focuses on being more efficient about enterprise integration.
In other words, you can keep making the same mistakes you’ve made for the past two decades, or you can finally get smart about integration. But, hey, don’t change for me — change for the business.
The business may not come right out and say it, but it wants you to change for three very good reasons:
“The ever-increasing complexity of integration along with persistent budget and time constraints is forcing IT to rethink integration strategy.”
For CIOs and other IT leaders, that means building a modern integration infrastructure that can efficiently and quickly handle a range of integration needs, including cloud.
“In 2014, the combination of social, mobility, and cloud will continue to drive changes in the way organizations conduct business while providing opportunity for early movers to achieve business growth in emerging areas and via new channels,” Saurabh Sharma, senior Ovum analyst in the IT’s Solution team, writes. “IT needs to develop and implement a holistic integration strategy evaluating the current state of integration infrastructure against current and imminent business needs to fill gaps in integration capabilities with suitable alternatives such as iPaaS.”
Next, I’ll look at which technology trends Ovum contends will emerge to deal with these integration challenges, and when you should use them.