Integration Architecture and Platforms

Build a hybrid platform to address diverse integration scenarios

Everyone knows (or soon learns) that digital transformation needs integration, but few plan for the wide range of integration styles and products needed to address the great diversity of digital business scenarios and solutions. Across legacy apps, SaaS, mobile, IoT, big data, edge, streaming analytics, and extended ecosystems, Torry Harris knows how to evolve a broad-based, cohesive integration platform by combining products across multiple cloud and data centers, using APIs, integration flows, master data management, ETL, ELT, EDI, events, streams, and more to keep your data and transactions moving.

Explore our approach and tools

What we do for integration architecture and platforms

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Analyzing how your business and technology scenarios and strategies drive a unique set of priorities for integration competency and infrastructure.
 
Assessing your current skills, architecture, processes, and speed of integration, including how well connected and aligned your integration strategy is with your business, your application strategy and architecture, and your governance models.
Identifying and executing on critical priorities for immediate improvement in your integration platform.
 
Planning how immediate improvements evolve into a comprehensive platform for all types of integration
 
Establishing your integration architecture and platform, along with the skills to leverage, manage, and extend it over time.

What our clients and analysts are saying…

 

Torry Harris helps Schneider Electric to integrate over 21 ERPs across 40 countries

Jean-Christophe Pharose, Global Finance Program Manager at Schneider Electric, talks about the “Concur” program, why it is useful and how Torry Harris played a crucial role in its success.

Our approach and tools

Hybrid integration platforms are a recognition that integration itself must be integrated. The diversity of digital assets and applications, the wide range of integration patterns and products, the need for both business and IT roles to do integration, and the need to do integration quickly, reliably, and securely - all drive the need for a multifaceted integration platform. To ensure your teams are prepared to do integration when, where, and how needed, our approach ensures a strong foundation of:

  • Clear assessment of business dynamics - Insight-driven processes need strong data integration. Quick-reaction processes need events and real-time messaging. High-volume processes need streaming, and so on. To plan and prioritize your integration platform buildout, we start by understanding your business.
  • Clear assessment of solution strategy - Heavy investment in many SaaS apps needs a large ecosystem of SaaS connectors. Mixed cloud and on-premise application portfolios need flexible integration deployment models. Heavy custom development needs a blend of build and buy integration, along with messaging, streams, and microservices. All enterprises need strong APIs. We connect your solution strategy to business dynamics to narrow your requirements for integration patterns and infrastructure.
  • Clear focus on today - Whatever your long-term integration needs, you need solutions today. So you can't wait for a long platform buildout. We know how to evolve your platform by first providing for immediate needs and then building the rest over time.
  • Clear focus on tomorrow - To build for your immediate needs without painting you into a corner, we ensure we understand how today connects to tomorrow, so that your integration platform and your business can continuously grow into the future.
  • Governance tuned to your culture and skills - Without agile governance, your integration solutions and delivery speed will become complex and slow. With too much governance, delivery will be slow. We know how to build governance that will give your teams agile freedom when the risk is low and foster collaborative decision-making where needed to build a cohesive business.
What will advance your integration competency? What is our expertise? What tools do we use?
Figuring out where to get started
  • Broad understanding of integration strategies, approaches, and how to apply them into your business
  • THIS's Hybrid integration consulting and migration strategy service offering
Doing all of the items below without building a dedicated integration platform for each
  • Strengths and weaknesses of a wide range of integration products and technologies
  • Messaging, streaming, and event platforms
  • Integration patterns to blend and connect integration styles
  • THIS's hybrid integration platform architecture
  • THIS's integration governance and maturity models
  • Integration Decision Tree and product best practices
  • Cloud Native Integration – Microservices, Service Mesh, Docker, Kubernetes
  • Managed File Transfer
  • Serverless Architecture
  • IoT Glue®
Connecting SaaS apps and data with on-premises and legacy apps and data
  • SaaS app integration features
  • SaaS app integration patterns
  • Legacy technologies
  • iPaaS
  • iPaaS agents / remote workers
  • Traditional integration servers – ESBs and independent web services
  • APIs
  • Legacy to Cloud Native Kit
Blending data and application integration patterns for transaction processing across multiple SaaS apps
  • Traditional and alternate transaction patterns (e.g., ACID, eventual consistency)
  • Business impact analysis and exception process design
  • Reliability mechanisms available in diverse integration infrastructure
  • Social monitoring
  • Data, application, process, and event-based integration products and platforms
  • iPaaS
  • Diverse integration tools
  • SaaS platform tools
  • Reliable messaging
  • Advanced custom coding and microservices patterns
Building APIs, events, and other interaction patterns over a mix of diverse and fractured apps and data
  • Business design and governance for business APIs and events
  • Layered architecture and domain design
  • Integration of integration
  • API management solutions
  • API design tooling
  • Governance tooling
  • Diverse integration tools
  • DigitMarketTM API Manager
  • Coupler
  • Data Virtualization
  • Data Integration Offerings
  • Kafka and Kafka Streams
Making IoT data and devices a seamless part of enterprise business processes
  • Process design and monitoring
  • Process control and analytics
  • IoT sensors, filtering, command, and control
  • IoT integration, robotic process automation, and much more
  • THIS's IoT Glue®
  • Data integration and analytics
  • MQTT and IoT-specific technologies
Empowering LOBs to deliver integrations independently
  • Establish developer support process and organization
  • Onboarding LOB teams to HIP
  • Digital trainings and upskilling
  • Define quality control measures
  • Evangelize HIP
  • Torry Harris Learning (THL)
  • Corporate social network
  • Innovation meetups, hackathons
  • Automated pipelines for quality control and build promotions
Keeping track of all the integrations and APIs we have and keeping them current
  • Integration repository design and usage
  • Agile governance processes
  • Automated delivery and governance via DevOps and CI/CD
  • Integration competency centers
  • Enabling Citizen Integrators within your enterprise
  • THIS's RepoProTM enterprise repository
  • APIs, scripting, and other integration facilities provided by integration tools
  • DevOps tools
  • Torry Harris DevOps Reference Implementation
  • AutoStub®
  • AutomatonTM
  • Deplomatic
  • 4Sight
  • Code scanning tools

Frequently asked questions

Digitalization is a top priority for businesses in the digital economy. Far too often, however, organizations move headlong into their digital transformation efforts without stopping to properly prepare their systems and processes for the transition. The results can be costly and ultimately hamper the entire strategy. In 2018, Gartner predicted, “Through 2020, integration work will account for 50% of the time and cost of building a digital platform”.

Hybrid integration should form the initial, crucial step of any digitalization strategy. Integrating your data and applications across your entire IT landscape will help you streamline all of your processes and deliver lasting business outcomes.

Starting with the right hybrid integration platform strategy equips you to accomplish this.

Hybrid integration is a process by which organizations connect all of their systems, applications and data into a single, seamless whole. As companies transform, they’re increasingly spreading their systems across private and public cloud and on-premise locations. Hybrid integration standardizes the connections between each of these endpoints to give organizations a more robust and efficient IT infrastructure.

Hybrid integration platforms (HIP) play a key role in this process. Most people don’t have native-level familiarity with cloud computing, but success in the digital economy requires that kind of expertise. For organizations in need of support, an HIP provides all the necessary tools and functions to help make their integration strategy — and ultimately their digital transformation — easy and cost-effective.

Enterprises face a number of challenges in the modern digital economy that hybrid integration helps solve. These include:

  • Highly disruptive technological innovation and market changes.
  • IT infrastructure spread across on-premise locations and public and private data centers.
  • Operating numerous technologies across a sprawling ecosystem, making it challenging (and costly) to oversee without a central management platform.

Hybrid integration helps create streamlined processes underpinning automation and providing consistent customer experience, all while breaking down obstructive data silos.

Beyond this basic importance, however, companies are realizing the value of transitioning to ecosystem-based enterprises that deliver services, products and solutions to numerous different partners and customers across a wide landscape.

Enterprises in this category are relying on the platform model to bring together their various stakeholders. Hybrid integration enables them to function efficiently and seamlessly.

Specifically, there are a host of business benefits that come with adopting the right HIP. These include:

Powering innovation

HIPs streamline business processes and make the enterprise’s entire organization more efficient by automating connections and increasing scalability. That means enterprises are better able to respond to challenges related to the platform model, with their own innovative solutions.

Reducing costs

A hybrid integration solution gives enterprises greater oversight of their entire IT infrastructure ecosystem, allowing them to cut out redundant hardware and software and get more from their legacy systems. That helps enterprises drastically reduce the costs of their IT spend every year.

Centralized management system

The ability to “see” each component of the entire ecosystem means enterprises can easily identify potential vulnerabilities, preventing future security breaches and making their risk management strategies more effective. API management capabilities help them handle all API and other applications.

Some enterprises mistakenly believe that the best way to implement hybrid integration is to completely overhaul their IT infrastructure and replace all of their systems and components with the latest versions. Not only is this an ineffective approach, it also ignores the fact that many legacy components can still serve key functions in a hybrid IT environment.

It all starts with having the right mindset. Instead of starting from the basic principle that the entire infrastructure needs to be modernized, enterprises should actually approach integration under the premise that certain parts of their legacy systems should remain intact. Once they’ve decided which legacy components will stay, they can gradually and progressively begin migrating the rest of the system to a more modern integration landscape.

New does not automatically mean better, and enterprises should avoid modernizing just for the sake of modernizing. They should understand how each component is either contributing to the system’s broader function or detracting from it and work to make the entire system work better.

Specific features of individual hybrid integration platforms can differ in a number of ways, but Gartner suggests that HIPs should employ these four dimensions:

Personas

These are the people who should have access to hybrid integration infrastructure. They range in skill and capability, but should always include integration specialists, ad hoc integrators, citizen integrators and digital integrators. The power of hybrid integration is that it’s accessible to a constituent base far beyond traditional IT specialists.

Integration domains

The IT space has become significantly more diversified in recent years, so HIPs have to have the capability to integrate across numerous domains. While that includes applications, data and processes, it also must integrate with the domains used by B2B partners, which is critical for ecosystem-based enterprises.

Endpoints

As enterprises evolve, the devices that compose their IT infrastructure are becoming more decentralized and spread out across a much greater physical space. It’s essential that a hybrid integration solution can integrate endpoints from on-premise devices, the cloud, mobile devices and even IoT devices.

Deployment models

Hybrid integration should be deployable across numerous different models, as opposed to staying within the on-premise and cloud environment. That should include embedded models that use headless deployment, which is fast becoming standard fare for SaaS applications.

The hybrid integration platform market is oversaturated, meaning that in addition to these four broad domains, it’s also important to consider HIPs that possess the following core capabilities to help give you a competitive advantage:

  • Accelerate ground-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud integration workflows
  • Integrate business platforms, storage repositories and each API to connect all data
  • Enable connectivity to SaaS and other cloud applications

Hybrid integration is the key to future digitalization. Torry Harris Integration Solutions is a trusted advisor to enterprises across the world, working with numerous different stakeholders to extend the power of digital access through automated integration.

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