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Digital Transformation 4 minutes

What is a Hybrid Integration Platform?

The fast approaching future of integration requires a gentle transition

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Ruben van der Zwan
CEO & Co-Founder
What is a Hybrid Integration Platform
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The future of integration is modular. It’s API-driven, it’s IoT-ready, it’s multi-cloud, and set up according to a Microservice Architecture (MSA). And that slightly overwhelming future is approaching fast. But what if your current integration solutions are quite a ways away from that setup? Yet your industry and clients are begging you to innovate. That’s when you need a bridge: The Hybrid Integration Platform.

Hybrid Integration Platform: It’s HIP and happening

According to a recent prediction by Gartner “in 2022 at least 65% of large organizations will implement a HIP (Hybrid Integration Platform) to power their digital transformation efforts.”

Sixty five percent of the market will be using a Hybrid Integration Platform by next year. But why, how, and what for? That is precisely what we’ll explore. Because HIP is happening. The integration landscape is fast transitioning into a cloud-based and a microservices adaptation. And it calls for an integration solution that connects the ‘old’ with the ‘new’.

Why the need for Hybrid Integration?

Many organizations still run their integrations on technology designed in the last century. That’s not inherently wrong, there is a case to be made for some business elements to be kept on-premise. But the times of ‘fat’ API Manager (APIM) and Enterprise Service Buses (ESB) and underlying monolithic systems are disappearing in the rearview mirror.

There is a global multi-stakeholder demand for better interoperability. Whether we are talking about government, finance, healthcare, utilities, or technology. No matter the industry, systems need to be able to seamlessly connect and communicate. Where data streaming is happening in real time and at a large scale, accessible from any location. And where organizations can modernize their business incrementally without the need for a complete systems overhaul. 

More and more organizations are finding that established on-premise solutions can no longer solely support the shift to this higher gear. Today’s integration technologies are required to be faster, more agile, and scalable. 
However, to transform current on-premise systems into one fit for the cloud, IoT devices, third-party APIs, and other microservices, it means a slow and costly process that affects the entire business from strategy, to operations, to teams and talent.

This is where the Hybrid Integration Platform provides the solution. A simple explanation is to say that a Hybrid Integration Platform allows you to connect data, processes, and applications between on-premise and cloud based systems more or less out-of-the-box. It allows you to transition effortlessly into the integration world of tomorrow.

How does a Hybrid Integration Platform offer the best of both worlds?

It would be far too easy to assume that organisations could simply switch from on-premise to cloud. Migrating systems is a large operation that requires careful planning, execution, allocation of resources, and decision making. A Hybrid Integration Platform takes most of these challenges and turns them into workable solutions. 

Minimizes business strain

Migrating from on-premise to cloud is a heavy strain on resources. Businesses are wise to adopt a phased approach. One where its systems are gradually moved with minimal risk and stress. A Hybrid Integration Platform does precisely that.

Agile, flexible and scalable

One of the key benefits that HIP brings is that it solves scalability challenges. In a recent post we spoke about the problem of scaling when using centralized solutions such as ESBs. On-premise integration technology runs into the same issue. When your business grows so does the amount of data it can process. With on-premise you’re often stuck with defined limits. Through a Hybrid Integration Platform, scalability is connected to the cloud. Meaning you can scale up or down to match your business needs.

Managed & self-serviced at the same time

On-premise solutions require you and your teams to handle all integrations. It’s great if you want to be in control. But it also means you have to have all the know-how in-house. That’s why managed services provide relief and add flexibility. A Hybrid Integration Platform allows you to have the best of both worlds where you decide which integration parts you want to keep managing yourself and which ones can be better handled by secure third-party providers.

Highest level of security

In a world where data means business, it’s vital that your information is secure. As we said earlier, sometimes it’s better to keep certain elements on-premise. And with a hybrid integration solution you can choose to store your most valuable information in a way that your organisation feels most comfortable with.

How Yenlo can assist in your Hybrid Integration needs

Yenlo is a Platinum Value-Added Reseller (VAR) of WSO2 and has been named WSO2 Partner of the Year 2018, 2019, and 2020. Yenlo can assist in your every Hybrid Integration need by offering multiple solutions depending on your business size and strategy.

The WSO2 API Manager and WSO2 Enterprise Integrator are an open source integration platform solution that supports hybrid integration. If you’d rather want a fully customizable solution with managed services and a cost-efficient approach (full out-of-the-box), then Yenlo’s Connext Platform is the way forward. Combining the best integration technologies in one easy to use iPaaS solution. 

Yenlo supports organisations of all sizes in their digital transformation. And with the rising demand for Hybrid Integration Platforms comes the need for you to make careful decisions. We are here to help.