In business and technology, the term “integration” commonly refers to the connected communication between different applications, companies, software systems, data, and processes that would otherwise not talk to each other since they all speak different languages. For the most part, this approach triggers simple processes and workflows. However, as we all know, our digital world is anything but simple.
Nowadays, a seemingly regular task – such as buying groceries from a supermarket, ordering your favorite pastry online, or filing your tax returns – involves the interaction of various complex processes in the background. They may be supported by two applications communicating, two separate areas of the same business, or two entirely different companies. But no matter the communication architecture, every integration point needs to be united to create a seemingly simple solution for the customer – bringing bigger profits and loyal customers.
What these experiences require is holistic integration. Whether it is the interchange of information between companies and the government or a tiny flutter in an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor that triggers a new business process, holistic integration gets into action everywhere.
Holistic integration: The heart of digital transformation
There are three ways holistic integration plugs into the digital landscape and plays its part in the digital enterprise.
1.Holds hands in the cloud
Whether your business is inching or sprinting its way toward the cloud, the writing is on the wall: Sooner or later all solutions will be cloud-based. And amid this transitional phase, questions likely emerge, such as:
- How do we integrate on-premises and cloud data?
- Why is it of utmost importance to integrate systems with multiple applications and a multitude of processes?
- What should be the strategy for a hybrid integration between on-premises and cloud solutions?
- Can a solution that works brilliantly for on-premises systems also meet the requirements for cloud integration?
The answer lies in rediscovering, fine-tuning, and keeping what is necessary. With tailor-made offerings for all of these setups, holistic integration solutions are the clear winner.
2. Makes sense out of the IoT data
The blizzard of data and information delivered by the IoT is expected to meet meaningful insights and serve a larger purpose. As billions of machines and devices connect to one another and a bevy of sensor data is accumulated, there is increasing demand for middleware enriched with security, adaptability, connectivity, analytical logic, and ease of operation that can siphon this information for a purposeful outcome. Holistic integration, when fortified with these essential characteristics, fills this void to fulfill IoT scenarios and generate significant results.
3. Enables camaraderie with social media
The importance of social media is not to be underestimated in our digital world. Its contribution to business and technology growth is immense. However, once a holistic integration solution is linked to social media channels, limitless opportunities for connectivity open up.
Take, for example, a comprehensive and secure adapter mechanism. Its ability to help ensure an influx of vital, yet integrated, real-time information from social media channels can be used in a variety of applications.
The perks, possibilities, and paths ahead with holistic integration
The scenarios for cloud solutions, Big Data and the IoT, and social media are just a few of the fundamental elements of the digitalization bandwagon. However, although holistic integration can play a significant part, we are only scratching the surface. The options and permutations are endless.
The flexibility to handpick the most-suitable deployment models adds brawn and security to all digital transformation initiatives. And holistic integration will continue to be the mast that lets the digital vessel sail smoothly.
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