Today, anything and everything can be turned into data. From a phone call, to an online purchase, or the amount of time a person spends browsing the internet, there’s tons of data to sort through. Oftentimes, an abundance of data can be very overwhelming to deal with, especially for businesses that rely on such information to make crucial decisions. For businesses, having a well organized data management system and an efficient way of communicating and sharing data can be their greatest weapon.
“Being able to integrate seamlessly across different systems, departments, and partners is crucial for business success,” said 91 percent of participants in a survey of senior IT leaders.
This is where systems integration and hybrid integration platforms come into play.
Gartner lists systems integration as, “the process of creating a complex information system that may include designing or building a customized architecture or application, integrating it with new or existing hardware, packaged and custom software, and communications.” It’s a way of utilizing data that is taken from many different sources to generate new values for businesses as well as their customers and partners. Having the ability to gain information from various sources can be a tremendous help in bringing attention to new insights that could potentially encourage businesses to grow through data management efficiency, innovation, cost effectiveness, faster data sharing, and more.
A hybrid integration platform, or “HIP” for short, is basically taking systems integration and kicking it up a notch. With HIP systems, making connections between data across different systems becomes even easier. Utilizing a HIP system takes the “data-overload” pressure off by creating a space that makes sharing information easier and more secure. When communicating and sharing data is easy, businesses can turn their focus to more important parts of running a successful business — being flexible to market fluctuations and meeting customer needs.
The term “legacy systems” refers to old, outdated systems that are not totally compatible with some of today’s advanced capabilities. While some legacy systems like SAP, Oracle, Siebel, and others might still be able to “get the job done,” being stuck in a legacy system alone, has the potential to weaken a businesses ability to grow and innovate as quickly as needed to stay competitive.
Consider about 75 percent of the $35 trillion spent on technology since 2010 has gone toward maintaining existing systems, according to the United States Government Accountability Office. That’s an insane amount of money being spent for maintenance, rather than innovation. Not to mention the many hidden costs associated with poor data management, slow software and hardware due to the negative impact on productivity. Although modernizing an already built and deployed system can be challenging and scary, it can and, in many cases, should be done.
A HIP can integrate both legacy and on-premises systems with newer, more modern technologies and networks, like those born or built in the cloud using SaaS and PaaS. A HIP can help FREE the data in your legacy systems so that it can be made available to more modern systems in use by other areas of the business or by business partners. Legacy systems tend to be bulk-process (once-per-day, once-per-week) constrained, whereas a HIP provides them the capability to stream. Taking advantage of a HIP can help advance businesses in many ways including speed, agility, cost savings, and innovation.
Speed is key in today’s digital age. The faster you can deliver to your customers, the more your customers stay engaged. Adopting a hybrid integration platform will boost your speed to market by giving your team an enhanced developer experience with the following key features:
- Ready-made business flows
- Rapid stubbing and mocking for parallelization of efforts
- Allow businesses to focus more time on business logic.
- Help speed consumption through removing overhead
- Integrations built in hours compared to days – Ex. From Salesforce to ServiceNow or from SAP Cloud to on-prem
- Fast Track onboarding of trading partners
Where speed focuses on keeping customers engaged, agility focuses on being flexible to customer needs. With a HIP, developers can remain current in ever-evolving environments by easily adopting new applications and seamlessly implementing new business processes. Since the adoption and implementation processes are made to be simple, developers can remain flexible when it comes to changing customer requirements, while maintaining speed-to-market. Both speed and agility play into the importance of cost savings — “time is money,” as the saying goes. Using a legacy system typically results in managing data in a non cost-effective way. This is because you typically run into a greater number of technical issues that take more time to solve. Plus, it can be more difficult to find useful support for technical issues within legacy systems, because they are outdated.
In addition to HIP systems making data management and information sharing quick and easy, they are also efficient on the development side of things, saving you time and money.Another detrimental characteristic to recognize in outdated systems is that they halt innovation for a number of reasons including, modernized compliance regulations that are much stricter, weaker data security, loss of data overtime, and a lack of data integration, to name a few. Implementing a HIP with a legacy system has the capabilities to alleviate the pains of having to deal with unorganized data, slow communication of information, and the worries of data security issues. When there are less factors to worry about, your business has greater opportunities to innovate and grow with ease.
As the world continues to become more and more data driven, maximizing your businesses data management tools is critical for innovation and success. While the process of pairing a HIP with a legacy system can seem intimidating, it is very doable and well worth it. Using a more modern HIP in conjunction with an older legacy system will give your business a fresh, well organized, single pane view into your integrated data. In turn, by implementing this hybrid design, your business will have more freedom to reach markets quicker, stay flexible to market changes and customer needs, save on money long-term, innovate, and grow.
Additional business benefits of a HIP include:
- Lower total cost of ownership compared to the slew of tools, infrastructure, licensing, maintenance, and skill sets needed for custom integration development.
- Faster integration timeline.
- Lower skill set needed – thanks to easy low-code models.
- Tighter guardrails provided by IT to capsules which prevents issues reported with citizen developer efforts.
If you are looking to upgrade from an outdated enterprise service bus (ESB), or just looking for new solutions to handle your integration technical debt, Digibee can help. While many companies offer similar hybrid integration platform services, Digibee is different in that we pride ourselves on our people. You don’t buy Digibee, you use Digibee and we teach you how to maximize our subscription for your specific business case. At Digibee, our team of service members is with you every step of the way, ensuring that by the end of your journey, you will be self sufficient and ready to build and manage all your integrations. And if you have questions, we’re a simple phone call away. To learn more about Digibee hybrid integration platform, check out our solutions page, and feel free to contact us or schedule a demo today.