Don't Get Caught Up In The Buzzwords

Andile Khumalo
Navigating the Minefield of Integration Buzzwords to Find Your Way to True Solutions and Value  

What does it really mean for your business when you invest in a modern data integration platform that transforms your processes and enhances your solution stack? In technological jargon, it means investing in a solution that will speed up your digital transformation by operationalizing big data and automating processes to give you a competitive edge.

In layman terms, it can sound a lot like a collection of acronyms and abbreviations that explain very little. This is why we’ve decided to make sense of these commonly used buzz words and translate them in a way that will help you navigate the hybrid integration space.

01: Distributed Cloud  

This is not only a buzzword in 2021, it’s a trendy one. This term defines the ability of applications, programs and devices to extract information from images and allows for the organization to unpack and analyze huge quantities of data at speed. It means that you get more visibility into your data, faster, and that the information is both relevant and dynamic. Distributed cloud technology allows you to deploy your solution in a variety of environments whether it is in our cloud, your cloud, or a combination of environments.  you can use your distributed cloud investment to really focus on speeding up innovation within your business by making data accessible to the right people, in the right system at the right time.  

02: API Management

Another term that is dominating headlines and conversations is API (Application Programming Interfaces) Management. And it’s a term that has not really come with a detailed explanation as to what it is, how it works or why it’s important. To understand this term you’ll first need to understand what an API is. Simply put, APIs are the software translators that ensure two applications can talk to one another seamlessly. Hybrid Integration Platforms that offer API management capabilities are designed to assist you in creating, publishing, documenting and analyzing APIs in a secure environment. APIs are practically everywhere and in every device, platform, service and solution. Which makes API management absolutely critical if you want the right results and the right services.

Using a Hybrid Integration Platform to manage your APIs allows you to connect the multiple moving pieces within your business and ensures that every touch point is managed properly and seamlessly. This can be anything from authentication to logging to authorization to monitoring alerts and beyond. Working with a Hybrid Integration Platform that’s designed for your unique requirements will ensure that you can resolve issues and manage systems far more efficiently.

03: Data Automation and Modernization

Business processes are complicated and often manual due to an underlying technology landscape that is not connected, constantly changing, and increasingly complex. Automation is the process of unlocking data from your systems to orchestrate business processes that automate and optimize workflows. Automation is not the final fix of all things broken in your business. Automating bad processes enables your organizations to do things poorly, only quicker, which is not exactly a recipe for success. This is why the terms Automation and Modernization work hand in hand.

Modernization is, quintessentially, moving siloed data from legacy databases to modern cloud-based databases or lakes. Data modernization allows organizations to be agile, eliminating inefficiencies, bottlenecks, and unnecessary complexities surrounding your data, making business processes easier to improve and automate. As a result, your business can innovate faster, improve customer satisfaction and transform into an analytics and data-driven organization.

04: Big data  

Big Data has really taken the buzzword world by storm and it is not going anywhere, anytime soon. Put simply, big data is larger, more complex data sets, usually from new data sources. This type of data is so voluminous that traditional data processing software is unable to manage it. It’s also complicated and comes with its own fair share of pitfalls and problems. Big data can get old, it can stagnate, it can take up essential space on your systems and cost you unnecessary money. The right Hybrid Data Integration Platform will allow you to gain valuable insights from big data that can be used to address business problems your business wouldn’t have been able to tackle without it.  

05: Hybrid Integration Platform  

A Hybrid Integration Platform is the solution to all of your data related needs. What sets a Hybrid Integration Platform apart from a traditional integration platform is that it provides a variety of data structures, sources, and strategies businesses need to manage all data access, movement and storage issues, all in a single unified platform. A hybrid integration platform can drastically reduce the amount of time your dev team needs to spend on trying to get your solution stack to work together. They also offer pre-defined connectors that will allow you to configure integrations instead of coding them, which frees up time to focus on more important work.

We’ve just scraped the surface of all integration related buzzwords and it's clear to see that things can be more intricate than they seem. To navigate these complexities you only need to work with a company that has already mastered the arts of Cloud deployment, API management, automation and modernization and leveraging big data. Synatic is a true Hybrid Integration Platform that has done just that.

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