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There can be only one (hybrid integration solution)

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(This post is part of a series. Read part one, part two, part three, part four, part five and part six to learn more about the Urgent Need for Hybrid Integration.)

Well, friends, this is it — the last post in our Urgent Need for Hybrid Integration series. As a small departure, I’ve decided not to pick a single movie to quote.  Instead, I have selected several infamous quotes from the greatest movies of all time. And to make it even more fun, I won’t tell you what movie the quote is from until the very end of the post. See how many you can guess.

Ok, now let’s dive back into the Urgent Need for Hybrid Integration. Haven’t read it yet? “Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” (quote A)

The Urgent Need for Hybrid Integration is an IDC paper that goes into detail on the top five triggers for the adoption of new integration technology to support new requirements. The triggers are the following:

  1. The need to integrate cloud and on-premises applications
  2. Mobile enablement of applications and digital services
  3. Proliferation of REST APIs and the need to manage their life cycles
  4. Supporting analytics-driven applications
  5. End-user self-service integration

While each of these are unique in their end business goals, the technology requires the same hybrid integration approach to multiple services regardless of the consumer or provider locations. But moving to a hybrid integration environment is less about a quick fix replatforming of what you have now and more of an epic “mission from God” (quote B) to extend your existing assets while adding new capabilities based on an agile, multi-cloud integration architecture. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

  • Plan and execute against a hybrid integration road map, and use proof of concepts and technology to experiment and learn.
  • Gather requirements to understand hybrid capabilities and constraints to ensure the right level of sophistication and functionality is sought after in hybrid integration technology.
  • Identify technology alternatives that are capable of interoperating across a hybrid integration stack.
  • Determine whether a hybrid platform or hybrid components are required.
  • Consider hybrid organizational constructs as part of the hybrid integration solution.

So, if you ever find yourself in position of having to drive your IT environment to support your company’s new initiatives, step up to be the “Cinderella story, tears in his eyes I guess” (Quote C) hero you know you can be. Move beyond a traditional enterprise application integration, service oriented architecture, or event-driven architecture approach and embrace hybrid integration. Otherwise I will “award you no points and my God have mercy on your soul.” (Quote D) Just kidding, you’ll get partial credit.

So download the IDC Report, The Urgent Need for Hybrid Integration or head over to the IBM Integration website. Experts agree, “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.” (Quote E)

Quote A – The Princess Bride

Quote B – The Blues Brothers

Quote C – Caddyshack

Quote D – Billy Madison

Quote E – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Bonus Round – Highlander (Title) (Yes, I know it is not a comedy, but it did win the Academy Award for Best Movie Ever Made.)

 

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