Many companies rely on Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS) solutions to patch the gaps that result from using an enterprise application integration (EAI) framework or enterprise service bus (ESB) architecture to integrate cloud-based and on-premises applications and services. That means they face a resource allocation dilemma: As more and more applications migrate to the cloud, companies must devote more IT resources to create and maintain DIY integration solutions.
The dilemma is compounded by the scarcity of developers with the skillsets required for the in-house integration projects. Since the legacy middleware involved was often created a generation ago, it gets more difficult to find qualified people to take on these integration tasks over time. And every IT professional engaged in so-called “citizen integration” via an iPaaS solution is one less IT resource involved in projects that generate innovation — and revenue.
If you’re thinking “there’s got to be a better way,” you’re right. An approach that includes managed services allows companies to skip the hassles of DIY integration. In a recent survey conducted by Liaison in partnership with The Aberdeen Group, 46% of organizations said they use an integration managed service to improve productivity of developer resources.
By using the Liaison ALLOY™ Platform, companies can rely on Liaison’s 15+ years of experience and free their IT teams from the burden of DIY integration tasks. Here’s how Liaison’s managed services approach helps:
- Addresses current data integration shortfalls: With managed services from Liaison, the IT team is relieved of the burden of maintaining legacy environments. Liaison takes care of integrating business applications, connected devices, electronic data interchange (EDI) links, regulatory requirements and more.
- Makes costs predictable and frees capital for growth: Technology advances happen at such a rapid pace that, too often, when companies invest in a major project, the underlying technology is obsolete by the time deployment is complete. Then the company has to make further investments to catch up. This results in a vicious circle of unpredictable project costs. Liaison’s transparent subscription pricing structure and implementation expertise make costs predictable and results reliable. Companies can convert CAPEX dollars into OPEX, investing in value-add projects.
- Frees up IT teams for more strategic tasks: DIY integration projects require an extensive commitment of time and money. Managed services solutions delivers the integration tools and behind-the-scenes expertise companies need so that information from multiple sources (and in a variety of formats) flows through the organization freely. Liaison removes data silos and provides access to quality data companies can use to innovate.
So, if you’re asking yourself how many resources are too many to devote to EAI/ESB, maybe you should consider the question from another angle: How many opportunities are you missing by assigning IT professionals to maintenance tasks that, while necessary, generate no value in and of themselves? How much closer would your company be to its data-inspired future if every resource devoted to EAI/ESB were reassigned to projects that generate revenue and serve your core mission instead?
It’s something to think about. Find out more by reading our report, developed with Aberdeen: The Great Middleware Transition: Managed Services Address Key Needs.