By Bob Renner, CEO, Liaison Technologies
During the course of my career, I’ve seen many predictions made over the years. One trend I continue to see having ripple effects each year is the increasing complexity, specifically for integration of systems and the resulting data management challenges. Over the past decade we’ve seen complexity grow across a variety of dimensions, from privacy regulation related to healthcare and financial data, to the timeliness of data needs from distributed supply chains. With data volume, variety, velocity and therefore complexity increasing, companies are beginning to realize that their integration and data management needs are at the heart of their IT architecture.
The reality is that with the introduction of Cloud and SaaS applications, even classic B2B integration is more challenging than ever before. In the year ahead, managed services (including expert / knowledgeable people, proven processes and modern technology) will continue to play a critical role in helping companies thrive, as they begin unfolding the layers of complexity around cloud integration and data management initiatives that have been implemented over the past year or two.
The demand caused by an increasingly complex business environment will also drive companies to seek more complete data integration solutions (looking past the feature focused offerings of A2A, B2B and MFT). As vendors and service providers evolve their offerings to more holistically address these expectations, I also believe we’ll see a leadership among services companies emerge and align themselves with the cloud deployment model.
With these changes in mind, here’s a look at what trends we see surfacing in 2013.