Executive Viewpoint 2017 Prediction: Cleo – Integration in 2017: The Rise of APIs and the Fall of Friction
As 2016 closes and your teams are working hard to close deals, finalize spend, and meet emerging technology needs, our experts offer four trends they expect to see shaping business integration and data exchange for the modern enterprise in 2017:
“Frictionless integration” will become a mainstream term. In 2016, terms like “pervasive integration” and “hybrid integration platform (HIP)” emerged as umbrella terms to describe the growing complexity of integration patterns between applications and data, both on the ground and in the cloud. The focus will begin to shift away from the alphabet soup of acronyms (ESB, ETL, iPaaS, iSaaS, HIP, etc.) describing how integration is delivered, to an outcome-based description of what needs to be achieved – i.e., an integration capability that connects all flavors of technology, and supports a truly frictionless data environment.
API-Driven Integration Powering Cloud Services
Providers of cloud-based data services and applications will further adopt API-managed integration middleware and integration-as-a-service offerings to reduce the time and cost of customer endpoint integration. Companies will demand consumable APIs as an easier way to extend value-added file transfer, process automation, data transformation, and other integration services.
Easier DYI Integration
Web-based applications will increasingly bring common integration use cases and tasks within reach of semi-technical business professionals, freeing IT staffs to focus on more complex, specialized, and business-critical integration problems. Gartner calls this “citizen integration,” where organizations provide an easy-to-use platform to enable business user self-service and DIY integration, and this strategy will rise to the top of IT wish lists.
The Return of File Transfer
This might come as a surprise, as “file transfer” is truly a legacy term and a problem most people assume has been solved. SFTP, FTP, email, and HTTP-based protocols such as AS2 are well-defined and used extensively, but in 2017, we’ll see the re-emergence of basic file transfer as a “problem to be solved.” The sheer quantity of data and size of files being transferred, along with the increasing global nature of business ecosystems, means these legacy protocols often fall short. We’ll see the need for accelerated protocols emerge into the mainstream, and alongside that, the need to directly access data in non-traditional data stores, such as HDFS, S3, and Azure Blobs (Binary Large Objects).
Here’s hoping 2017 truly is a happy new year within your organization and beyond.