Face-Off: Point to Point Integration vs Any to Any Connectivity
Enterprises are amassing technologies like data, machine learning, cloud, mobility, IoT, etc. to gain agility and drive innovation. To integrate the complex assemblage of computational networks, some are hiring in-house experts for point-to-point connectivity, while some are embracing any-to-any connectivity platforms. The challenges with point to point integration approach are not trivial and teams have to hand code everything and perform repetitive tasks. On the contrary, enterprises with specific tools can successfully climb such challenges and reach overarching benefits faster.
Challenges with Point to Point Integration
There are challenges with point-to-point connectivity and it doesn’t allow organizations to navigate through multidimensional processes in a complex IT network, making them difficult to do business with. They setup uncanny verisimilitude of multiple sources of truth which prevents their teams from bringing the right data at the right time.
While integrating applications with homegrown solutions, IT teams have to capture several requirements, conduct tests at multiple places, and repeat numerous activities. All this consumes over 2 to 3 months of time and teams fail to bring data from business partners and customers.
Bigger business-reducing problems and errors face medium to larger organizations where the IT is sprawling across different departments and geographies. It can be a viable solution where only two applications coexist. Several lines of coding will go under the banner in an IT environment where more than 15 or 20 applications reside. Precious time is wasted just to know who is doing what and what changes are needed to be made. And everything needs to be refactored when there is a shakeup in technology. All this can be avoided with an any-to-any integration solution.
The problems persisting with homegrown connectivity approaches can be avoided with an Any-to-any connectivity platform. In this approach, business teams use a centralized platform for creating connections with partners and stakeholders. Teams can interwire solutions seamlessly, create an intelligent mesh, and bring data faster from partners.
The solution scales rapidly to accommodate data integration needs of partners, stakeholders, and customers. Business users can set up a ‘Single Source of Truth’ for exchanging information with partners. Without any IT intervention, business users can bring data from multiple partners, transform that into a comprehensive format, and reach revenue faster while boosting their productivity. This is a great advantage for insurance companies, retailers, financial institutions which deal with a penumbra of unintelligible data.
The advantages of Any-to-any integration are innumerable and it reduces IT complexity considerably. However, using a wrong selection can backfire and it can skyrocket the integration cost into the stratosphere. The right solution provides a unique integration approach for altering business rules and logic and makes them specific to the use case. It provides customized tooling for data access, encrypting certificates, any-to-any connectivity, processing rules, data onboarding, governance, and process management. These functionalities not only help you delight your customers and fast-forward revenues, but they also build a strong foundation for your future.