This blog post is part one of a series encompassing the top ten must-haves when selecting an integration solution.
For many organizations, integration capabilities have become mission-critical. They have also increased in complexity. It is now more difficult than ever for companies to produce the right data, in the proper format and at the right time when making key decisions. The result is data integrity and confidentiality risk. More importantly, you risk losing business, as external and internal consumers of data will quickly lose trust and walk away.
With the multitude of niche integration solutions now available, companies must navigate a complex and costly environment, often times incredibly difficult to manage. These point solutions bear inherent risks of inaccuracy and inconsistency, as each solution has in place different procedures and best practices.
With this in mind, organizations have begun consolidating their solutions to simplify their environment while addressing newer requirements. This has resulted in the adoption of singular, comprehensive solutions that can seamlessly perform any-to-any integration.
Any-to-any integration includes the ability to transform any type of source format to any type of target format. This includes integration of flat files, databases, applications, various standardized files (e.g., X12, EDIFACT), XML or any other structured file. It also includes the integration of trading partners, hubs, web applications and internal applications.
Any-to-any integration also refers to the ability to connect and exchange information regardless of communication protocols used to transport the message. More importantly, it is critical for integration to extend beyond A2A and B2B, to include data file transfers, process automation and integration with the cloud and SaaS.
Unfortunately, many companies simply don’t have a full understanding of what they need in an integration solution and, therefore, end up spending a lot of unnecessary time and money developing custom solutions to enable processes such as integration with SaaS or cloud data. The right integration solution should allow you to work with data in any format from source to destination and process from one end point to another, regardless of platform or technology stack. And, along the way, it should seamlessly perform transformation and validation in a secure and quick manner.
For more information on any-to-any integration and other integration solution must-haves, download our “Top Ten Must-Haves of an Integrated Solution” whitepaper.