Support Your Digital Transformation with a Digital Integration HubVanda Williams
With the vast and extremely rapid increases in technology, the need for coordination and compatibility between devices has become paramount.
While some technologies are working towards integration, few standards allow for the seamless transfer of data. For example, even new versions of word processing software are unable to read documents from other, older versions.
Moreover, many people have contact lists on their various devices, but there is little coordination between them. In fact, the software available that will synchronise between devices is often limited in what it will work with. How is it that the concept of shared address books and online access to data has been around and functioning for years, but the setup is often problematic and disregarded?
To fully dive into the implications of digital integration and a digital integration hub, let’s first define it.
What is digital integration?
Digital integration is the notion that data on any electronic device can be read or manipulated by another device using a standard format.
From the digital cultural perspective, it’s about leveraging the vast efficiencies of digital technology and media to provide consumers with greater relevance and value.
What is a digital integration hub?
Gartner defines the digital integration hub (DIH) as “an advanced application architecture that aggregates multiple back-end systems of record data sources into a low-latency and scale-out, high-performance data store.”
In other words, it connects to multiple systems of data stores both on-premise and in the cloud and collects operational data into low-latency data fabric.
Why is digital integration necessary for digital transformation?
When companies embark on a digital transformation, it’s important that the transformation comes in phases and is following the priorities of said organisation. The adoption of new technologies is a major consideration, so it’s vital that businesses have a sound understanding of their current systems and what they need to complete their digital transformation.
A digital integration hub supports innovation initiatives by:
“offloading from legacy architecture and providing a decoupled API layer that effectively supports modern online applications. A DIH can also power migration to the cloud and support hybrid deployments which is highly relevant when organizations want to continue to leverage their on-premise operational systems and when sensitive data cannot be moved to the public cloud. Additionally, a DIH enables data integration and analytics to help in the quick and efficient management of big data, allowing for real-time operational reporting on fresh data. Depending on the current architecture of your existing data processing platforms, a DIH can be the best solution for your digital transformation initiatives.”
Digital integration hub benefits
Having a DIH in place comes with many benefits. A DIH enables companies to streamline their modernisation efforts, allowing them to make changes to their system of record without changing all of their applications at once. This keeps companies on track, speeding up their time-to-market and reducing the risk of error.
Moreover, the DIH replicates system-of-record data in real-time into a super-fast in-memory data fabric. This reinforces highly reactive modern digital services, customer 360, analytics and BI on operational data and more.
A DIH can also help you achieve the following:
- Replicate data in real-time
- Deploy new applications and services quickly and effectively
- Speed up data ingestion and processing times
- Certify compatibility of infrastructure with hybrid and multi-cloud architectures
- Verify that applications support high user concurrency
- Tackle slow response times experienced by customers
Modern businesses need a unified view of all data and analytics — without fear of inaccurate, duplicate, or out-of-date data.
When looking for a systems integrator company, you should ask the following questions:
- Have they demonstrated the skills needed to carry out complex integrations?
- Do they have a tried and tested method for delivering on time and on budget?
- What skills do they have with the leading platforms, languages, frameworks, and applications?
- Have they successfully delivered integrations like the one your business requires?
- Does their pricing compare with competitors’ and do they have flexible payment options?
These questions will help your business find the right integrator company because, along with its benefits, a DIH may also come with unfamiliar and sometimes complex data management and technical challenges, so there can be a learning period. For that reason, you should evaluate the benefits of a DIH, and make sure that your team has the technical competency to manage the integrations.