Integration Insight: IDC’s Take on Digital Transformation Done Right

Digital TransformationMarc Andreessen penned his famous “Why Software Is Eating the World” essay in The Wall Street Journal seven years ago. The idea that “every company needs to become a software company” is now conventional wisdom. Digital transformation is today’s reality and integrating your systems resident in multiple clouds as well as on-premises is crucial for all businesses, not just the Amazons or Ubers.

A new IDC report talks about data-driven real-time engagements and decisions, requiring real-time integration to support the mixture of analytical and transactional workloads. According to IDC, when IT tries to cut corners and use legacy tools to achieve the new integration mandate it can’t quite keep up: “Organizations that are trying to satisfy the new demands of digital transformation by extending and reshaping existing assets not built for hybrid, cloud, big data, and mobile environments are encountering more problems than solutions.”

You can say that again. But there’s hope. The report titled: “It’s a New World: Hybrid and Multicloud Drive the Need for iPaaS and APIs as New Digital Utilities,” lays out why integration platform as a service (iPaaS) is a key element to successfully incorporating the cloud in a way that delivers true transformation.

The report not only makes the case for a cloud integration platform’s value, but more importantly, it also describes six key components that an iPaaS solution must bring to the table. As we have evolved our own Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services (IICS) offering into the next-generation of iPaaS, our intent was to achieve the essential ingredients that IDC identifies, in a comprehensive, best-of-breed, and integrated solution.

The report also covers integration and orchestration trends and offers a warning about the perils of legacy integration technology. IDC calls for iPaaS solutions to:

  1. Deliver a unified platform that addresses all integration needs—one that every user in your organization can interact with
  2. Support a wide range of integration patterns, across hybrid, on-premises, and multicloud
  3. Feature self-service, no-code, and low-code services
  4. Support developers with intelligent creation and deployment of APIs in the cloud
  5. Give administrators and managers the utmost visibility
  6. Enable CRUD (create, read, update, delete) for all data for any volume, velocity, and variety, including business data, metadata, or operational data

That’s a lot to ask for, but IDC analysts Stewart Bond, Maureen Fleming and Mike Rosen make a great argument for why this level of functionality is essential to iPaaS—and why iPaaS is essential to your data-driven digital transformation success in a high-speed, high-volume, cloud/hybrid world. Take a look at the report here, and then come back and ask me if I can recommend an iPaaS solution that actually delivers such a transformative experience. I might just know of one.