LTI is de-risking the integration modernization journey for clients
From the early days of IBM MQ in the early 1990’s to the days of CORBA/IDL-based platforms like Vitria in early 2000’s, to SOA/ESB-based platforms to the now iPaaS/API Management and Microservices, enterprise integration has come a long way and is increasingly becoming an integral part of all enterprise digital transformation journeys.
Digital integration is central to transformation initiatives. AI, analytics, customer experience, process automation, modernization or operations transformation, all rely on digital integration to succeed. Whether it’s about a better customer experience or operational excellence, one thing that is common to both is integration. If customers are adopting SaaS applications, they need cloud integration and hybrid integration options. When customers modernize legacy systems, they need API management tools. If they’re thinking scalable and highly available, then they are talking about Microservices in combination with either ESB, light-weight messaging or no ESB at all. Customers that implement AI and analytics need event streams, real-time messaging and so on. Gone are the days when integration was referred to as the “plumbing work”.
COVID times and budget constraints
Ramesh Revuru, Global Head- Digital Integration at Larsen and Toubro Infotech Limited (LTI) tell us:
Post March 2020, a lot of customers across industry verticals like manufacturing, oil and gas, travel, automotive, BFS (Banking & Financial Services) are tightening their spends.
Manufacturing and automotive customers are going through tough times as markets are struggling to recover. The question is where to invest and what to invest? Do more with less, or should replacing their integration landscape be part of the investment?
A global bank had recently migrated their massively point-to-point interfaces to SOA a couple of years ago. They were worried that their investments into SOA had gone down the drain.
One customer from the energy and utilities sector is struggling with their legacy systems but replacing them could cost a few million dollars. What is the business case to get those investments approved? They are running with some monolith applications. How do they embrace Microservices?
What typically plays on the minds of customers is a combination of these scenarios and the reluctance to embrace transformation.
Is the ESB era over?
Kavitha Kannayan, Practice Lead–API at LTI remarks on the ESB era:
ESB/SOA architectures have served their purpose. Cloud adoption, SaaS applications, newer channels, faster time to market pose challenges to the idea of centralization.
Times are changing and changing fast. ESB players dominated the integration space for a decade until around two years ago , when it started changing hands. A handful companies and their competition were quick to react and write obituaries for ESB players. In our view, while ESBs are among the best messaging platforms available, they needed to quickly make amends to their strategy and the changing customer needs such as cloud adoption, legacy modernization and integration needs of SaaS application. Their integration story—either organic or through acquisitions—has to come out much stronger to cover the newer aspects and sooner rather than later. This is where IBM helps lead the pack. Our transformation experience from IBM Integration Bus and IBM WebSphere Message Broker to IBM Cloud Pak for Integration has been smooth, quick and has addressed our needs under one umbrella.
Transforming the integration modernization game through iMaximize
LTI joined hands with IBM to help customers modernize their integration landscape while maximizing their savings through the launch of iMaximize. To help drive more value for clients, LTI’s unique approach for iMaximize helps address these modernization services, using IBM Cloud Pak for Integration:
- Modernization of legacy IBM integration platforms
- Migration from traditional ESB like TIBCO, webMethods
- Custom APIfication Strategy and Implementation,
- Assessment, POC and training
iMaximize uses a unique wallet-friendly pricing model, designed to help clients modernize application landscapes using modern IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, with zero CAPEX budget and relatively smaller operational costs. As part of the pricing model, LTI does not charge customers for digital integration initiatives that use IBM Cloud Pak for Integration. Customers only pay for support and not for development.
Covering the last mile in the integration modernization journey to drive value for clients
LTI has a long-standing relationship with IBM and has been using various IBM technologies that are designed to enable intelligent cloud journeys for its clients—securing critical assets, managing workloads and providing deeper insights for better and faster decision making. iMaximize is the latest offering that aims to further extend the value that clients can get out of their integration modernization journey.
To reiterate the distinctive value of iMaximize, Ramesh confirms:
I believe this is a never before and unique offering to help customers not just migrate their landscapes but also modernize at the same time.
Some of the tangible benefits that clients can expect to achieve through iMaximize are savings up to USD 3 million worth of CAPEX, about USD 2 million saving on overall integration spend, greater ROI and seamless migration and modernization from any existing legacy infrastructure.
About Ramesh Revuru
Ramesh Revuru is Global Head- Digital Integration @ LTI. He has 25+ years of experience working with both product development and IT services companies. Ramesh is the author of a well-researched book “That’s I.T” and his articles are published in popular IT magazines like Oracle/Profit, eBIZQ and SCENE. He is a prominent speaker at technology and business conferences & holds multiple patents.
About Kavitha Kannayan
Kavitha Kannayan is Practice Lead–API at LTI. She is a seasoned professional with 18 years of diverse experience in Information Technology services and products, with strong expertise in the areas of digital transformation, integration, API, Microservices, cloud native technologies, Application Modernization and large distributed program execution. Before joining LTI, worked with Hexaware an