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The Future of Integration - Toon Vanhoutte @CONNECT19


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The heart of the digital transformation story for many businesses lies in integration. Today’s app market place allows businesses to pick and choose from a smorgasbord of apps and these apps need to get connected to improve transparency across the company and make it easier to make high-level decisions. Businesses need a flexible integration solution that not only helps them get connected to employees and customers, but also paves the way to the future.

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The Future of Integration - Toon Vanhoutte @CONNECT19

  1. 1. The Future of Integration Toon Vanhoutte Solution Architect | Codit Microsoft Azure MVP
  2. 2. Increasing digitalization Speed of business Legacy systems Exploring new models
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  4. 4. 4 Idea > see the light!
  5. 5. 5 The natural evolution of an IT landscape
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  7. 7. 7 ComplexityofIntegration Number of Applications
  8. 8. 8 ComplexityofIntegration Number of Applications
  9. 9. 9 Gartner’s pace layered architecture Systems of record Core transaction processing Critical master data Systems of differentation Unique processes / capabilities Best of breed, SaaS, modules of a suite Systems of innovation New apps, new business models Consumer-focussed
  10. 10. 10 RecordDifferentationInnovation Speed of change High Medium Low Planning horizon 2-3 month 1-2 years 7+ years Governance & process Ad hoc More streamlined Strict control & testing API design Specific Reusable Generic
  11. 11. 11 API Management Integration Limit customization! Impact of vendor upgrades Keep customization in the differentiation layer Solid foundation! Are the API’s well defined? Is the system extensible? Security & data validation? Decouple applications! Canonic data model Technology agnostic Reduce dependencies Systems of Record
  12. 12. API Management 12 Business Involvement High business involvement Focus on differentiation Industry-specific verticals Connectivity Make integration capabilities an important part of the application selection process Product-centric Move away from project-centric Clear strategic roadmap Customer-centric API Management Integration Integration Systems of differentation
  13. 13. API Management 13 Governance Employ the right level of governance at each layer! Don’t block innovation Fail fast Encourage experimentation and prototyping. Identify challenges Mature innovations Don’t remain stuck in the prototyping phase! Get it into production API Management Integration Integration Systems of innovation
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  16. 16. 16 It’s important to consider the complete spectrum of integration!
  17. 17. 17 Gartner’s view on integration
  18. 18. 18 Monitoring & operations Infrastructure ALM Integration Messaging Security API‘s networking governance high availability disaster recovery reliability routing sequencing queuing large messages connectors workflow transformation patterns error handling reliability message formats hybrid exchange patterns extensibility security versioning governance webhooks insights performance scalability monetization auditing access keys access control credentials work planning source control release test monitoringtracing reportingalerts extensibility Integration building blocks
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  20. 20. 20 Systems of record Systems of differentation Systems of innovation Service Bus Logic Apps API Management
  21. 21. 21 Don’t let technology drive your methodology!
  22. 22. 22 No blockchain without integration
  23. 23. 23 AI is a lot more than data science
  24. 24. 24 Avoid unmanageable integrations
  25. 25. 25 Pace layered architecture allows to adapt your business rapidly.