The challenge of providing personalized, integrated, real-time experiences for consumers has naturally led businesses to rely on a growing ecosystem of applications and services; no single organization can accomplish this alone, and new technologies require new integrations. Unfortunately, the leading cause of delays in digital project delivery is… integration complexity.
What’s more, thanks to the Great Resignation, many companies are low on skilled workers to manage these back-end integrations. In this context, there isn’t just a need to connect different systems: non-technical users need to be able to customize automation or compose APIs out of any of their existing or new systems.
The good news is that you can combat this complexity by empowering non-technical users to speed up the creation of integrations, help implement real-time processing, and build higher-level orchestrations that can be exposed as APIs. Here’s how.
When new possibilities run into real-world hurdles
Cloud-based services, systems like ERP and CRM, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications promised to revolutionize the way businesses operate by providing a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective solution to IT infrastructure needs. But their rise also exacerbated the integration issue: many companies find it challenging to mesh these solutions with new capabilities from new applications.
In fact, one report found 85% of supply chain companies report losing money due to lack of application integrations – some of them to the tune of $1 million a year or more.
Because applications and various data sources often have different structures, it can be hard to integrate them seamlessly. To compound the issue, many companies still use legacy systems that were not designed to be integrated with newer technologies – and there are rarely enough skilled workers with the knowledge and expertise required to implement and maintain these legacy integrations.
Businesses today can’t afford to be held back by the web of technologies and additional data sources that are supposed to be improving their processes. That’s where a hybrid integration solution can help.
Meet Amplify Integration: a new approach to integration challenges
At Axway, we’ve been helping our customers solve complex integration puzzles for more than two decades, and we’ve seen their desire to modernize or extend their solutions as they embraced APIs and event-driven architectures. Companies are struggling with complex customization and back-end integrations, and they need more speed and agility when business applications force a move to the cloud.
It’s why we offer Amplify Integration, a hybrid solution for providing no-code integration for data, applications, events, and APIs – both in-cloud and on-premises. And it provides out-of-the-box connectors with visual mapping to empower users – both technical & business – to rapidly design, test, and deploy business processes anywhere.
Amplify Integration extends your current Axway offering to streamline processes and adapt to changing business needs quickly, while empowering your non-technical users and improving developer productivity.
We often see MFT customers using custom scripts to process files. Those are very hard to maintain, and when the people who created those scripts and were maintaining them leave those companies, it becomes an impossible task.
With Amplify Integration, there’s no need for custom scripts: MFT users can introduce additional file patterns like introspecting, routing, bulking, debulking, and null file conditions.
Visual mapping and orchestration for file-based data integrations mean there’s no need to update or migrate your existing transports, and it’s easier to extend existing MFT processes to other enterprise applications.
Amplify Integration can connect to a multitude of event-based systems using a set of out-of-the-box connectors. This is important because we’ve seen that as companies embrace event-driven architecture, they also have to deal with increasing complexity, such as issues related to conflicting communication patterns.
Managing asynch integrations is easier with orchestration and transformation abilities that help simplify connection to third party applications. If an APIM customer wants to notify relevant stakeholders when an update to an invoice is made, for example, they can use Amplify Integration to eliminate the need to handle regular update requests and implement asynchronous integration with events.
Many organizations found themselves in a swift march to the cloud when the applications they rely on forced the move. Being able to integrate with these applications more seamlessly is key to keeping up the pace of business. Amplify Integration helps you connect to SaaS and on-premises applications thanks to prebuilt application connectors, and you can create your own connectors when you need more customization.
One use case for these capabilities is helping our B2B Integration customers extend traditional EDI flow integration with mobile apps, chatbots, cloud ERP, CRM, and other modern digital applications.
At Axway, we believe in using what you already have to drive innovation. It’s why APIfication – the process of converting software systems, applications, or services into APIs – is so powerful.
We’ve seen this process play out in the automotive industry; EDI remains the backbone of the global supply chain, but at the same time, manufacturers and suppliers increasingly want to take advantage of the next generation of cloud apps (for example, automatic devices for tracking like RFID gateways).
The automotive standardization body ODETTE recommends enhancing existing supply chain processes by augmenting EDI processes with new API-driven status messages. In this manner, APIs can be used to create an adjacent visibility platform for all relevant supply chain transactions.
Of course, APIfication is relevant in virtually every industry today. Amplify Integration makes it possible to:
- Create APIs that are based on legacy systems
- Create APIs generated from a subset of a larger API
- Create APIs composed out of a set of different APIs or that provide a higher level of abstraction
- Add security on top of that such as HTTPS and several authentication mechanisms
Its no-code approach helps adapt business applications and make changes without disruption to your current systems. And empowering business users is essential at a time when IT talent is growing scarce.
Amplify Integration’s versatile capabilities and ease of use make it a valuable solution for businesses looking to improve their integration processes and stay competitive in today’s fast-paced digital landscape.
You don’t have to replace everything you already have. Leverage your legacy IT and embrace flexible deployment models with Amplify Integration. Let us help you reduce manual data entry, eliminate silos, and achieve a more comprehensive approach to your business processes.
Take a closer look at how Axway Amplify Integration simplifies the integration of applications, data, events, and resources with a low-code/no-code approach.