As it becomes more apparent that the business value of an application exponentially increases every time it is integrated with another application, the pressure on IT organizations to make it easier to integrate applications mounts.
The problem is that the vast majority of those applications don’t have an application programming interface (API), without which integrating becomes a matter of hard coding. Kapow Software, however, has an approach to application integration that makes it possible for IT organizations to work around that issue by using a browser-based integration through which an IT organization can navigate an application to capture and extract data into the Kapow Katalyst workflow engine. That workflow engine can then load that data into another application.
Kapow is extending that capability one step further today with a 9.0 release of Kapow Katalyst that adds support for connectors to Hadoop and the Informatica middleware platform in addition to Kapow Kaplets, a set of tools that allows business users to directly access multiple sources of data.
According to Kapow Software CEO John Yapaola, the Kapow Kaplets are designed to allow business users to self service their own data integration needs without any help from the internal IT department. Yapaola says that rate at which business users need to dynamically access data from multiple applications is exceeding the pace at which internal IT organizations can keep up using old middleware technologies. Kapow Kaplets allow IT organizations to set up ways to access that data without relying on APIs or hard coding, says Yapaola.
As a digital economy starts to emerge around documented APIs, IT organizations will need to find ways to make thousands of applications more accessible. The trouble is that most of them have no experience with creating and maintaining APIs. While the Kapow Katalyst platform will work with just about any available API, it provides IT organizations with a way to make data readily accessible without much application development expertise required.