Many businesses are aware they need to digitize their operations but struggle with the challenges of modernizing legacy systems that don’t share data. What is needed is an IT application architecture that can enable digitization initiatives by making the data in backend systems available via a scalable, high-performance data store and providing access to that data through APIs.
Company executives are increasingly realizing the limitations of their legacy systems. These systems not only put limits on the ability to do useful analytics, but more seriously they hinder a business's ability to digitize, which may include migration to the cloud and onward integration.
Two key questions are:
One approach is for businesses to build their own integrations, but this raises its own major challenges:
Organizations that choose the ‘build it’ route find that they need three separate teams focusing on data extraction, data warehousing, and API building. Because of the different issues of each area, the teams end up working separately on separate tools, rather than together as a cohesive unit to deliver the overall system.
A Data Integration Hub (DIH) is a central mediation point between various data sources and data consumers.
It is a single platform that unites ETL, Integration, API Management, and Warehousing, that allows organizations to consolidate, manipulate and orchestrate data. With a data hub, businesses receive the means to structure and harmonize data collected from various sources. Gartner describes this as a Digital Integration Hub, but rather than it being a concept, Synatic acts as a hub for an organization's full solution stack.
A DIH has four elements:
By doing this, the DIH decouples the legacy systems from the action of accessing the data. It enables the legacy systems to run unhindered whilst opening up the possibility to use the data for modern applications and services, thereby supporting cloud migrations.
Investing in a DIH solution brings several benefits:
Synatic offers all the elements of a Data Integration Hub:
During implementation, Synatic’s Software-with-a-Service assists with the expertise needed to tackle complex and sometimes unfamiliar architectural, data management, and technical challenges.
Implementing the Synatic DIH solution enables an organization to modernize legacy systems by using a platform to consolidate, aggregate and orchestrate the data. It maintains the compatibility of existing infrastructure with new and cloud-based architectures, and ensures that legacy systems are not overloaded by the requirements of new systems and services. Data is offloaded from backend systems and stored in a scalable, high-performance, low-latency data store. API management ensures responsive and reliable APIs that deliver information that can be used in new applications and services.
For more information on how you can leverage the Synatic DIH solution, contact us today.