2015 Cloud Predictions: IT, Integration, and beyond

2015 Cloud Predictions: IT, Integration, and beyond

2015 is shaping up to be a very promising year in the world of enterprise software!  The cloud is growing, UI’s are getting better, and the availability of more data promises to make businesses more efficient and powerful than ever.  Those are obvious trends, so with that in mind, we asked around the office for some insight into 2015:

From our CEO, George Gallegos:

Three integration innovations will redefine enterprise architecture in 2015: virtual integration, cloud-based platforms, and managed APIs.

  • Virtual integration allows applications to access information from external systems without actually moving data from one application to another, delivering immediate insight across systems, a smaller storage footprint, and eliminating the need to synchronize redundant datasets.
  • Cloud integration platforms enable a new generation of hybrid integration designed and managed on a single cloud platform that can run in the cloud or securely behind the firewall.
  • Managed APIs are the new building blocks of digital business. Managed, integrated APIs are not your father’s SOA API. They are specifically designed for today’s scale and security needs, delivering massive throughput, throttling, analytics, monitoring, and centralized lifecycle management.

From Rajaram Varadarajan, Senior Director of Product Management:

  • 2015 will be the year the software industry realizes there are more customers and dollars to be gained through democratizing technology solutions and catering to a line of business instead of IT.
  • We’ll also see API based integration take off and the deluge of data that follows will be heavily leveraged for analytics.  Coinciding with the democratization of IT in analytics(SFDC Wave, MSFT PowerBI) and combined with innovative integration technology, the reach of corporate data will be able to positively impact even the most silo’ed worker.

From Jaime D’anna, Senior Director of Product Marketing:

For those of us vested in how business will be conducted in the coming year, analysts, bloggers and tech writers seem to be echoing similar themes.  Let’s break this down:

  • Analytics – analytics tools are becoming more of a necessity than the “nice to have” they have been over the last couple of years.  From the C-level down, the demand for “Show me the (security risk, buying patterns, sales predictions, etc) has never been greater.  Gartner predicts a CAG of 7% for Business Intelligence/Analytics tools over the next year…25% of which will be cloud-based.  The ability to show stakeholders key business information via reports, real-time dashboards or predictable trends will be essential– even for people with little to no technical skill-set.
  • Mobile Integration – not only the need to integrate business-critical systems, but ensure real-time information flows from the application “system of record” to mobile or other devices. The BYOD (bring your own device) phenomenon which started several years back has no sign of slowing down.  Add to this the tech advances in medical devices which can also trigger alerts and responses based on real-time information passed to applications, and you can see the need for scalable, real-time integration is becoming a game-changer for various verticals.
  • Transformation – Today’s organizations are seeking ways to transform the way they conduct business, specifically with consumers, while not putting themselves at risk or exposing vulnerabilities which can make them targets for a security breach.  This can mean self-imposed auditing, and certainly, compliance to industry regulations.  Thanks to the benefits of modern encryption and cloud architecture, businesses can enjoy the most innovative software while still maintaining compliance and security for their customers.

If you’d like to talk to us about API integration, the democratization of IT, Analytics, or 2015 Cloud predictions, please give us a call!  Or check out our 30 day free trial for a hands-on experience with the future of integration!