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Why integration is your tool for growth...

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:25 -- Fredrik Svensson
In the era of digitalisation, transformation and computer power in the cloud, you need to make sure that your organisation is prepared for all opportunities, threats and other scenarios. The most important capability to support you in creating this ability is an integration strategy and a platform that makes you flexible and ready for rapid responses. In this blog post we will elaborate further in why this is.

Most of us are aware that the IT landscape has changed over the recent years. Gone are many of the monolithic enterprise applications that we started to develop in the late 90s and early 00s. They have made way for more light weight, ”quick response” and often web-based applications that are easier and faster to develop. At the same time as this shift in application development have made it possible to quickly develop specific custom made applications for certain purposes, it has also significantly increased the need for efficient integration platforms to enable us to integrate information between these applications. This is why many integration strategies and platforms have been developed with primarily an internal focus.

Beyond organsational borders

More and more of the computing power and even the applications and information we need to run and enrich our organisation are to be found outside of our own application infrastructure and beyond our organisational borders. Many have already heard about publicly available APIs (we have certainly talked a lot about these in previous blog posts) and how information from these can be utilised (and how your own organisation can publish your own APIs). Leading IT architects are now starting to talk about concepts such as ”Serverless Architectures” (refers to applications that are dependent on third-party services often known as Backend as a Service or ”BaaS” applications or Functions as a Service ”FaaS”) to even further speed up the development process and utilise computing power and capabilites outside of your own organisation. I think no one with certainty can predict exactly what the future will bring in terms of new technology and opportunities, but I do know that we will have to establish structures, architectures, platforms and methodologies that will enable our organisation to quickly adopt and utilise new capabilities in the surrounding world.

Bi-modal capacity, defined by Gartner

This is nothing new. Gartner have made their own analysis of this situation and urges organisations to create what they call ”bi-modal capacity” to face these challenges and enable capacity to innovate. I would like to say that it already is (and will be an even increased) necessity to establish a flexible integration infrastructure and methodology for organisations to be able to further grow and develop their organisations and businesses. No organisation will ever have the capacity to respond to every new phenomena or utilise every new capability in the future IT landscape, but with a flexible and easy accessible integration infrastructure you will have the ability to utilise chosen parts of the new capabilities without modifying your entire IT infrastructure.

This is why integration will be your tool for growth and makes sure that your organisation remains competitive no matter what resources you need to utilise to achieve this!

 

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