August 22nd, 2018
The digital economy. Digital transformation. Digital disruption. When CEO’s — especially CEOs of established companies — talk about keeping up with the rapid pace of technology change, it’s these terms that can wreck a good night’s sleep.
They all want to avoid what Geoffrey Moore calls “a Kodak moment.” This is when a business realizes it can’t make the jump into the future. These are brands that were masters of incremental innovation.
August 14th, 2018
Imagine a world where all your manual, mundane tasks could be completely automated. Where you have a personal assistant who knows how and where to get things for you. It can constantly learn about you and can be ready and able to help at all times. Utopia!
Well, we’re not quite at a utopia yet. But we’re getting closer. There are a lot of contributing technologies helping move things forward. Bots are one of them.
July 27th, 2018
Gartner has an adoption curve that it applies to emerging technologies. The curve has five stages:
- Innovation trigger
- Peak of inflated expectations
- Trough of disillusionment
- Slope of enlightenment
- Plateau of productivity.
The concept of integration falls somewhere between the “trough of disillusionment” and the “slope of enlightenment.” Integration as a technology has been around for a while. Most people have heard the word enough times that they think they know what it means — until they are asked to define it.
July 26th, 2018
At Visual Integrator Consulting, we have the pleasure of working with Fortune 2000 companies on integration projects and building in-house capabilities for integration and digital transformation.
One of the companies we recently worked with perfectly illustrates why so many enterprises today need an integration center of excellence (ICoE), also known as an integration competency center (ICC).
This company had some strong talent in its IT department, but it was treating each integration project as a blank-slate endeavor.
July 20th, 2018
Over the past few years, we’ve seen a growing trend in the software industry: Enterprise SaaS companies focusing on integration.
Adobe recently announced the next generation of Adobe Cloud Platform. Salesforce acquired MuleSoft. SAP, Oracle, and the other leading customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers all have chosen to build their own integration tools.
Why have all of these companies invested in integration?
July 12th, 2018
If you ever needed a reason to take a closer look at your application integrations, your network traffic patterns, your data quality dependencies, and the true potential of your cloud migration strategy, here it is: Net Neutrality is dead.
On December 14, 2017, the United States Federal Communications Commission voted to reverse its earlier 2015 vote classifying Internet service providers (ISPs) as “common carriers” rather than “information providers” according to Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
June 28th, 2018
To create an agile, efficient enterprise, it pays to think big. And by big, I mean systematically like an enterprise architect, who creates IT infrastructures that support business strategies.
The job calls for both business knowledge and IT knowledge. And the architect can succeed only if the organization recognizes integration as a strategic capability, rather than as a series of discrete chores to be performed when developers have the time.
June 27th, 2018
In an earlier post, I wrote about the five things that any enterprise should do before embarking on a cloud migration project. This post focuses on another aspect of cloud migration: Agile development.
If you’re working on a cloud migration project, you need to be thinking about Agile development practices. Why? Because the cloud is dependent upon Agile development. And there’s a big benefit to adopting Agile processes: they streamline cloud migration, helping your organization get to the cloud more quickly and innovate more easily once you get there.
June 3rd, 2018
Salesforce is the world’s #1 customer relationship management (CRM) company, with more than 150,000 subscribers. As more organizations move to a customer-centric approach with cloud-based applications and services, it’s likely that Salesforce will only continue to gain momentum.
However, Salesforce on its own cannot solve the data complexity of hybrid IT systems. Typically, data resides within distributed applications across the enterprise. Software platforms for order management, fulfillment, billing, analytics and customer service may each contain a different set of data, overlapping in some key areas but separately maintained.
May 24th, 2018
In recent blog posts, we outlined how software vendors can meet rising customer demand for fast, agile integration by partnering with an integration vendor. And we addressed key technology characteristics that independent software vendors (ISVs) should look for in an integration partner.
But integration technology is only part of the equation. Another critical consideration for application providers is the experience, scope and track record of an integration vendor’s partner program.