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A Guide to Adopting Hybrid Integration Platform

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There are three key trends that have motivated a rapid yet radical transition in how organizations manage their information environments, namely:

  • AS-A-SERVICE PLATFORMS, such as software as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments, that allow organizations to transition core business and data management functionality to external service providers
  • CLOUD COMPUTING, which provides a broad array of low-cost hosted computing, storage, and application services
  • MODERNIZATION, the desire to consider ways to re-engineer existing business applications to better meet both current and anticipated business requirements

Together, these trends have triggered waves of data and process migration out of the traditional on-premises data center toward a variety of hosted and cloud-based environments. Yet this migration cannot take place in one fell swoop. Modernization must be planned and incrementally executed, resulting in the growing complexity of what could be called a hybrid environment. These hybrid environments conceptually incorporate data and system services across a variety of platforms including on-premises, a variety of hosted cloud environments, as well as a growing pool of operational systems or Internet of Things (IoT) devices that stream data.

A hybrid integration platform (HIP) is a suite of capabilities that address the challenges of integration across a variety of platforms, sources, and applications.

Gartner specifies that a true HIP should support:

  • PERSONAS (constituents): Integration specialists, ad hoc integrators, citizen integrators and digital integrators
  • INTEGRATION DOMAINS: Application, data, B2B and process
  • ENDPOINTS: On-premises devices, the cloud, mobile devices and IoT devices
  • DEPLOYMENT MODELS: Cloud (potentially across multiple environments), on-premises, hybrid (cloud and on-premises) and embedded in IoT devices [as well as XaaS platforms and applications]”

Although you need the right tools and technology for a HIP, there are some important concepts to focus on if you plan to embrace this kind of environment. This checklist report highlights some of these concepts and provides a step-by-step guide for adopting a hybrid integration platform.

Please click on this link to download this checklist.

 

About Sampa Choudhuri

Sampa is the Director of Product Marketing for Actian focusing on messaging, sales enablement and go-to market activities for Data Integration product line. She comes from an enterprise technology background, having worked in software, hardware, networking and security for companies like Cisco, Sun Microsystems and Symantec. Her experience ranges from product and partner marketing to market analysis and sales enablement. She has a keen interest in new technologies in the space. With an MBA from Santa Clara University, she brings a balanced acumen of technical and marketing skills to understand and position solutions to better help customers in today’s ever-changing complex IT landscape. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, photography and spending time with her family.