Four key integration principles about HIP
Integration principles about HIP
The hype surrounding Hybrid Integration Platforms (HIP) cannot be denied. Consequently, in order to understand its necessity, let’s examine four key integration principles about HIP.
What pops into your mind when you think about the word hybrid? Usually hybrid cars in my book! That’s a good example to start with in terms of “hybrid.” A hybrid car is a combination of gas and electricity. With Hybrid Integration Platforms, there are several hybrid combinations:
Personas: Traditional IT integration specialist and new ad-hoc integrators
Domains: Traditional Integration patterns like files, transactions, and messages with APIs
Architecture: Traditional on-premises with multi-cloud
Endpoints: Traditional people and systems with mobile, IOT and cloud applications.
First principle: Personas
Traditional IT integration specialist has to work with new ad-hoc integrators. Over the years, different changes have occurred within the industry leading to new non-IT ad-hoc integrators. The goal for companies now is to give nontraditional IT personas access to information they need to accomplish integrations without waiting for an IT specialist. This requires companies to rethink the role of traditional IT specialist in producing integrations that other, less technical roles will consume.
This is an organizational shift that can be supported by a Hybrid Integration Platform but is more about the process and IT becoming a producer of services.
Second principle: Domains
Most integration silos have formed to support the applications they support. Centralized data center systems-of-record have used files, transactions and messages to facilitate the exchange of information. Today’s cloud-based systems have led to the rise of APIs for this exchange. The reality facing organizations today is they have to support both.
Third principle: Architecture
Traditional on-premises with multi-cloud. By utilizing Hybrid Integration Platforms, you can blend on-premise with multi-cloud deployments for applications and integrations. That means if you are running SAP in the data center in the data center and SalesForce in the cloud, you need your integrations to run where it makes sense for the applications they support. A HIP allows this to happen all under a single control point.
Fourth principle: Endpoints
Endpoints are exploding for the enterprise. Increasing numbers of systems, individuals, devices (mobile), IoT (Internet of Things) and cloud applications. (Read more about IoT and integration).
IT must not only connect with these varied endpoints, but they need a way to enforce IT policy and security. One-off solutions are not working. A platform approach can serve as a hub that provides this central point of control.