Enterprises must rethink integration strategy in the face of its increasing complexity and ongoing budget and time constraints, according to Ovum’s Integration 2014 Trends to Watch report.
The analyst group predicts that the growing need for greater flexibility and total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction will drive investments in integration infrastructure modernisation, including a shift to hybrid integration and new mobile middleware paradigms.
“In 2014, the combination of social, mobility and cloud will continue to drive changes in the way organisations conduct business while providing opportunity for early movers to achieve business growth in emerging areas and via new channels,” said Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst in Ovum’s IT Solutions team.
“IT needs to develop and implement a holistic integration strategy evaluating the current state of integration infrastructure against current and imminent business needs to fill gaps in integration capabilities.”
Ovum contends that IT needs to shift to a more flexible approach than traditional integration methodologies, to deliver faster time-to-value and the requisite scalability and performance at a lower TCO, and said Integration Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) can deliver on these requirements.
Global spend on cloud-based integration platforms including iPaas is expected to increase by a whopping 45 per cent in 2014.
Another growth area is the API economy, with Ovum predicting API management will emerge as a key enabler to digital transformation. This will involve security, governance and performance management to keep API initiatives on track and ensure they deliver competitive advantage.