Traditionally, Systems Integration projects for organisations run over-budget and fail to meet their objectives. This can occur for a variety of reasons, but developers are often handicapped by being forced to work with heavily fragmented systems which were never built with the vision of a longer-term integration in mind.
Organisations looking to run an integration project are looking for speed, reliability and understandable costs which they can control. They want an infrastructure which enables their organisation to operate smoothly and bring new and interesting products to market, increasing the productivity of their staff and the performance of their bottom line. They want a platform which is based on easily available resources – not a proprietary system which can only be maintained by a single, increasingly expensive and shrinking resource pool. They want a system which is based on Unified Connectivity.
Unified Connectivity is a concept which tackles the problems of cost and performance head on, by providing a single runtime of an integration platform as opposed to multiple different products for integration. In addition to this, a practitioner of Unified Connectivity will use a single development and management environment to streamline development and ease the process of integration. The MuleSoft Anypoint platform has Unified Connectivity at its core, and allows a low cost, reliable and developer friendly platform to enhance the performance of an organisation.
Many organisations that choose a different solution end up with more platforms overall as each one can only replicate a small part of the Anypoint system. This duplicity results in greater complexity and increased costs, as organisations need more specialist developers, and more test environments in order to get the desired results. In addition to this the end result is still a brittle framework with greater fragmentation than using a single platform. Some legacy vendors need 4 or more middleware products just to run their integration product!
Instead of risking this fragmented approach, why not just choose the platform which has been built from the ground up with connectivity in mind, and avoid the increased risk of spiralling costs and fragility which other providers enable? When considering an integration project, ask yourself whether your solution only meets your current requirements, or whether it allows for future enhancements and projects to be enabled with little additional cost.
If you would like to find out more about how Systems Integration could help you make the most out of your current infrastructure while enabling you to open your digital horizons, do give us a call at +44 (0)203 475 7980 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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