Digital transformation in hybrid landscapes, part 2

Hybrid integration platforms, a trend in the IT industry. It is a platform that supports and combines multiple techniques in order to create the best solution. What does a hybrid platform look like and how can it be implemented? You read all about it in this blog.

In this blog

In the previous blog of this series, I addressed a number of challenges in the business landscapes. Next to that, I briefly explained some changes in the IT industry. Let’s take a deep dive into what’s happening nowadays.

Trends in IT industry

There are several transitions already taking place in the IT industry. These are mostly event-driven and parallel to each other. Nowadays it’s almost impossible to plan and execute your digital transformation in a predictable manner. On the contrary, it is a very time-consuming and disruptive process and can take many years. Preferably, you want to do this process step by step by gradually changing parts of your landscape, systemically replacing legacy, and by getting rid of technical debt. The right tools for the job and lots of flexibility in your organization is then imperative.

The IT industry came up with multiple frameworks to help you with your digital transformation. One of those frameworks is a hybrid integration platformthe evolution of integration providers supporting hybrid solutions.

A hybrid integration platform is a platform supporting and combining multiple techniques to propose solutions for specific business- and technicalproblems, challenges and use cases. All accessible within one platform instead of all kinds of separate, specific or standalone tools. A hybrid integration platform is a best of suite solution, giving you a unified overview of your landscape and supporting multiple roles accessing the full lifecycle.

Regarding to users, you can think of people from the business, architects, developers, but also the service desk. A hybrid integration platform is not only the solution for developing integrations solutions, it supports users during capturing, designing, testing, deploying, documenting and maintaining their integrations solutions. It basically supports the full lifecycle.

When we compare this hybrid approach with the classic tools and frameworks used a decade ago we see a lot of differences, tools that specialize in 1 or 2 use cases. These tools are often very good in one specific thing or technique but are almost always only usable by diehard integration developers.

Several years ago Gartner predicted that at least 65% of large organizations would have implemented a hybrid integration platform to power their digital transformation by 2022. Gartner predicted a transition to some form of hybrid integration for the majority of large companies. We thought this movement would not be limited to only large companies and would also occur in small-medium-sized companies.

By now, Gartner’s vision is no longer focused on the transition to a new sort of integration platform, it focuses more on the necessity for hybrid features in your integration platform. So hybrid enablement seems to be the next evolution on integration capabilities software, it is actually already happening. How do we respond to that with the eMagiz platform?

Working towards a hybrid integration platform

Of course, also eMagiz is firmly investing in our own digital transformation. Our integration platform is a low code enterprise iPaaS and strongly evolving to a hybrid integration platform. Our platform supports a multidisciplinary approach with different techniques.

We do this by enabling self-service integration for our clients, but with the luxury of maintaining a helicopter view on their landscape. This results in a clear overview of their landscape and keeps them in control, regardless of the different integration patterns used. This means you don’t have to be an integration expert to use the eMagiz platform, we target various roles in our platform, facilitating them access to multiple integration patterns.

Multi integration patterns

API patterns: 
For mobile and desktop apps and to connect cloud platforms to each other.

Messaging

Messaging: 
For decoupling ERPs, legacy applications, cloud services, and standard market processes like order2cash and purchase2pay traffic.

Data Pipelines: 
With scheduled ELT processes for transporting large volumes of data, for example: BI / Reporting or Master Data Management.

Publish-subscribe patterns: 
Stream processing and event management for Master data management, real-time data processing, and IOT use cases.

There are many use cases you could think of where you need the power of multiple integration patterns in a hybrid way. This is making it hard for organizations to combine multiple tools or platforms without losing their ease on maintainability and governance. And how do you make the right decision for which integration pattern is the best tool for your challenge? Wouldn’t it be great to get some advice? In this execellent read about the evolution of microservice architecture, multiple patterns pass in review. With the growing popularity of Apache KafkaService meshes over API Gateways and Data Hubs popping up everywhere, taking decisions on the right technology and tools is getting more and more complex. We believe every organization needs advice on selecting the right tool to solve every specific business challenge.

Looking forward to the future we would like to support clients with their digital transformations. eMagiz as a hybrid platform is more and more becoming a data provider of our customers, regardless of which cloud platform and technology they use. eMagiz provides you to make the combination of multiple integration patterns within only one platform, where every change is auditable and gives you a clear overview of a manageable hybrid landscape.

We think this is needed to meet the requirements and the speed of business demands for solving the challenges of today and the future. An example of this is our latest partnership with the Mendix Datahub, this is a new step towards more easy data sharing within the Mendix ecosystem.

Do you have any comments or experiences you would like to share? Or do you want to know more about a hybrid integration platform, or how eMagiz can support your business? Let us know! You can find me (Samet) on LinkedIn or you can send us a message. We'd love to hear from you.

By Samet Kaya, Software Delivery Manager @ eMagiz

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