8 Uses Cases of a Cloud Integration Hub

As organizations experiment and innovate at speed, integration leaders and architects are looking for ways to successfully operationalize and embed those innovations into their IT landscape. New use cases and patterns emerge that need to be evaluated and teamed with the right integration solution for better business value.

Increasingly, companies are investing in and implementing an enterprise integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that goes beyond table stakes. Be it API management, integration hub, application and data integration solution, with a next-gen, enterprise iPaaS you have all the capabilities you need on one platform. An enterprise iPaaS allows you to use the right combination of integration tools for each unique use case.  Today, I am going to highlight eight such use cases that would benefit from an integration hub (IH), one of the core components of iPaaS.

Why Do You Need a Cloud Integration Hub?

An integration hub connects with enterprise data sources and applications via a hub-and-spoke model. In this model, the source and target applications do not talk to each other; they talk through the hub.

It streamlines connectivity within your environment and enable reuse of data. Advanced integration hubs like Informatica Cloud Integration Hub (CIH) deploys a resilient pub-sub based architecture that leads to standardization and democratization of data. CIH is designed to bring down cost per integration, improve IT efficiency, and free up your resources to drive innovation.

8 Use Cases Where You Should Consider Cloud Integration Hub

1. Self-service – identify and subscribe to relevant data sources 

Data democratization requires easy access to standardized data from a central accessible curated data assets repository, along with proper governance of the integrations and data flows. Companies need to enable business users to derive insights and knowledge from company data while monitoring the usage and activities. A pub-sub-based hub enables all business applications to subscribe to one cohesive, resilient and secure source of information irrespective of the origin and how the applications function. CIH acts as a centralized hub for all data topics that the company has to offer. CIH’s self-service model of publishing and subscribing data helps to lower the cost per integration and allows data integrators to deliver integrations faster and more efficiently.

2. Governance of integration across systems

On the one hand you want to enable business users and increase data utilization. On the other, you need to make sure you have visibility and control over each data flow. A visual representation of the relationships between publishers, topics, and subscribers – as well as lineage – helps to govern the integration landscape. CIH provides such visibility and control over each data flow as well as entire integration landscape, making it easier to troubleshoot and verify that the data flow is reliable and secured. With proactive alerts and elaborate scheduling mechanisms, it becomes easier and more efficient to govern.

3. Master data federation across the organization

One of the major challenges of a master data management solution is to govern and control the data flowing in and out of it. Once the data is clean, transformed, matched, and merged, the golden record is created. But without a centralized solution, proliferation of the master data becomes a challenge.  For MDM, the hub acts as point of contact where the master data is pushed through topics that can be subscribed by any number of applications or systems. The monitoring mechanism of CIH helps to regulate the data flow in and out of MDM and flag an alert if there’s a problem.

4. Cloud and application modernization

Companies are modernizing the data integration landscape to improve internal efficiency and to enable data-driven innovation through cloud, analytics, and AI. Manual data integration efforts often limit the ability of an organization to experiment and scale. CIH increases efficiency and supports unique and advanced use cases,  empowering business users to connect to the right data with a no-code/low-code solution.

5. Reducing point-to-point integrations and associated costs

As companies become data driven and digital, more and more applications, systems, and services require access to the same data. With point-to-point integration frameworks there are redundant integration tasks that drain cost and resources.  With CIH’s hub-and-spoke architecture you reduce the number of connections, ingesting data once then distributing it to multiple destinations. Cloud synchronization costs can be controlled with the same approach. In a multi-cloud environment, you can drastically reduce API call charges and data transfer charges using CIH.

6. Building resilient integration

With disruptions all around, business continuity plans are gaining importance. You need to reduce the impact of downtime and avoid data loss and delays that occur when tightly coupled applications fail and stop communicating. Use the hub to remove the application dependency between a source and a target, thus reducing points of failure and making your integrations much more resilient.

7. Reducing resource consumption by adjusting latencies

 The hub allows you to configure different retention periods for data to make sure subscribing applications can consume the data at any latency. It also helps to schedule the data flows in a way that minimizes resource consumption.

8. Improve time to market with faster integration

In the process of modernization, companies are constantly adding and replacing applications. Often projects are delayed, as it is complicated to integrate new applications and remove the old. Without a centralized system, business users don’t know which data to trust and use, thus slowing down the process. These problems can be handled with CIH, which provides a single interface per application and acts as single source of truth. For a new application, a single integration connects it with all systems through the hub – making it faster and more cost effective to manage. The hub is designed to handle new data requirements and to integrate new data sources with ease, encouraging business users to drive innovative projects.

To learn more about these uses cases, join our deep dive and demo webinar, “Informatica Cloud Integration Hub,” hosted by Kobi Gol, Director of Product Management, Informatica.