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.
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