“I need this integration complete ASAP. It’s holding up my project… oh, and world peace.”
Sound familiar? When will it ease up? Every day you get a new request to integrate some new cloud app with an existing system-of-record. Failure to deliver always means the end of the world. But even superheroes have their limits. And no one is sending you reinforcements to meet the growing demand.
Integration backlog: Maybe others should integrate for themselves.
No. We’re not advocating passive–aggressiveness. You’re not like that. But what if folks could actually perform their own integrations? That would empower them to hit their integration targets on time. More importantly, for you (not that you’re the selfish type) is that you can finally perform your job without the fate of humankind hanging in the balance. You might even rediscover weekends!
Cutting integration backlog: There is a way.
You’re not alone. Integration backlogs are despised universally. Even the word, “backlog,” sounds repulsive. So we looked into it.
In a recent survey of 550 senior IT leaders conducted by Axway, 86% of respondents agree that the IT department shouldn’t just be integrating for other departments in the enterprise – IT should be helping other departments integrate for themselves. The key to cutting backlog is to shift IT’s role from an integration factory to an integration enabler. How? Through a hybrid integration platform. A HIP. LEARN MORE: Hybrid integration: What you need to know.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “There’s no way a non-specialist can possibly handle the complex integrations I perform every day, even if they could leap tall buildings.” You are correct; your job is safe.
But with a hybrid integration platform, you can:
Hide some of that complexity by standardizing the interfaces to legacy integration patterns using APIs.
- Surface those APIs (wrapped in appropriate IT security policy) using a unified catalog where the APIs can be found and reused.
- Leverage an iPaaS with simple tools for mapping, automation and prebuilt connectors to standard cloud applications.
- Start enabling enterprise power users, ad-hoc integrators and application development teams to integrate for themselves.
Now, as a superhero, there’s always a risk that bullets will bounce off of you. I get it. But the bullets above are not the kind that hurt. They’re the kind that empower. What makes a hybrid integration platform great is that it lets you spend more time directing your laser focus on running your integration infrastructure, developing core integrations to back-end systems and innovating the kinds of projects that move your business forward.
Simply put, a hybrid integration platform is a blueprint for cutting your integration backlog. According to the survey, companies who have adopted a HIP are already seeing the benefits.
It’s easy to add a hybrid integration platform to your utility belt. Learn what a HIP is. Read the research, or reach out to us to schedule a free consultation. You can also take our Hybrid Integration Benchmark Assessment to see where you stand on hybrid integration adoption compared to the rest of the industry.
Reducing your integration backlog is a lot closer than you think.
Learn more about the drive to hybrid integration platforms here.