In recent times, emergence of new organizations is comparatively higher than ever before. The notable fact is that many of these organizations are being successful irrespective of the size and domain. The possible reason could be they are more adaptive and responsive to the swiftly changing trends and upcoming technology in the digital world. In other words, they implement the dynamic business strategy and are ready to be flexible to change their workflow as per the requirements. Apart from improving the business using various strategies, integration has become one of the most important benefactor helping organizations to a great extent.
Why Integration Matters?
Most businesses depend on different types of software and applications to automate business processes and increase productivity. Among various success factors, integrating applications plays a very important role and has become a necessity in today’s connected world. But what is the need for integrating applications? Integration of applications allows different applications to exchange data with each other and consolidates databases across servers. In order to be successful, organizations need to be adaptive, updated and agile for which application integration is required. Organizations use software such as SAP, Salesforce, or Oracle to run operations like ERP, CRM, HR, Financial Management, etc. The business need for these software to communicate with each other came into being since they happened to face issues like the increase of dependency between systems.
Why cannot BizTalk Talk for itself anymore?
Now that we know enough about why application integration is required to run a business successfully, it is very important to choose the right medium to perform integration. BizTalk is no less of a good middleware product that Microsoft came up with to connect various systems together to help organizations overcome the challenges they faced in the absence of a middleware. Though BizTalk remained as a unified central system and delivered messages to the respective systems, it is not compatible and unable to cope with the emerging applications.
Like all middleware products, BizTalk was also built to solve the common issues that occur during integration. However, the approach to each issue differs with each product and BizTalk is no exception. Because of the differences in the way the issues were addressed and integration requests from businesses are overwhelming, rebuilding was required and solving them were time consuming.
The following are some of the warning signs that BizTalk is retiring and struggling to keep up with the ever-changing integration requirements:
Unable to support IT Modernization
BizTalk works best when it is deployed on-premise that makes it incompatible when implemented in a cloud environment. Next generation technologies like Cloud, mobile, social, IoT, and big data created integrating requirements that ESBs like BizTalk were not designed to address. BizTalk breaks down when attempted to support the quickly emerging applications that businesses need for their growth. Since legacy ESBs are highly specialized and complicated when developed, it becomes a feat for organizations to deploy new integrations. So when the organization or business makes an attempt to modernize their architecture ESBs become a barrier because of their legacy methods of integration.
Time-Consuming Deployment and Maintenance of ESB
Compared to the modern integration software used for integration, BizTalk consists of huge chunks of software that are strenuous and time-consuming to implement. Installation of ESBs also requires several specialists and experts to support the server, storage, and the networking needs unlike the latest software in the market. In other words, BizTalk requires manual intervention to manage huge incoming of complex data and integrate multiple scaling requirements. Managing BizTalk becomes a difficult task since it demands a separate environment for development, testing, and production. Locations across the globe make it even more complicated by multiplying the number of environments. Updating and managing an ESB server is another reason that made BizTalk less favorable since it is too expensive and never-ending.
BizTalk and other legacy ESBs are expensive to maintain across a global operation because in each additional site redundant staff and infrastructure resources are required. As mentioned earlier, each ESB requires an individual capital investment when it comes to managing hardware, software, storage and networking resources. The organizations end up spending a huge sum of money on paying in advance for hardware and software and for the licenses that are based on processing power.
Unable to Support Global Operations
One needs to deploy multiple and excess of EBS instances to brace up global locations and meet local compliance, and security requirements. The demand doesn’t stop there but requires duplicate development, test environments, and tools. Integrating applications and systems through remote access tools can limit the ability of engineers to manage and operate ESBs from other geographical areas.
Boomi – The Future of Integration
The idea of integration is no longer about applications alone; instead the need for an integration platform has emerged in order to aid social media offerings, mobile devices, cloud services, and IoT. Boomi, by Dell is a multi-tenant cloud-based platform that was designed to be elastic and aims to integrate and connect applications and data that are available on Cloud, SaaS, or On-premise. It integrates and acts as a nexus with no appliances, software and coding unlike the legacy ESB servers for integration purpose.
The following are few of the assets of implementing Boomi iPaaS:
Modern iPaaS Platform
Boomi is a 100% cloud native, low code & multi-tenant architecture. It is capable of shifting, managing, and governing data across enterprises from a single platform. The ability to support and cope with all combinations of integration between cloud, SaaS & on-premise systems is maximum that makes it the best approach when compared to the rest of the integration tools.
Low OpEx & TCO
Boomi thoroughly eliminates the need for any on-premise infrastructure since it can integrate applications across servers and locations. Since multiple entities share the same instance it results in cutting down the cost spent on administration and infrastructure. Thereby Boomi puts an end to the need to create and maintain multiple instances.
By implementing Boomi, horizontal scaling is made simple and cost effective. Also, vertical scaling is made swift with no code changes but limited to size of the server. The functionality can be adjusted based on the needs of business like flexible deployments.
Connecting Emerging Technologies
The reason why iPaaS is the best approach for IoT based integrations is its capability for high horizontal scalability to accommodate large volume of connected devices, presence of lightweight connectivity, and high performance with low latency. Also, integration with Machine Learning due to high execution capabilities as part of increased horizontal scaling
Analytics & Diagnostics
Cloud-based external modules allows for Application monitoring, diagnostics and troubleshooting. It provides a dashboard view to monitor and manage data, integration and analytics.
Boomi can be considered as the best service provider to organizations irrespective of the size, domain, and geographical areas who are in need to integrate and manage their applications or data. Being able to serve companies that are already large or still growing by not paying a bulk amount of money is another unique feature of Boomi. Now is the best time to upgrade to Boomi to stay ahead of the curve in the digital world.
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