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Blog April 05, 2016

It's all about integration!

No matter what I’ve worked with in recent years, I have used the expression "It's all about Integration." Not everyone has been willing to buy my statements but my position has always been that the biggest challenges we have in modern IT, almost exclusively, is about getting things to work as a whole.

I am referring to everything from the entire value chain to the application landscape. With the increasing need to integrate customers, suppliers, behaviours of physical products, etc. in new and existing business processes, the ability to manage Integration in the best way will be a competitive advantage. If a company must be agile and able to develop and change their business models in line with changing customer needs, good Integration capabilities is a must. I hear more and more people talking about the CIO as Cheif Integration Officer and that the main task of a CIO is to create opportunities for digital innovation by getting everything to work as a whole. 

I was therefore delighted to read the the following quote: "We are in a remarkable period in human history where innovation is at its peak; now more than ever, the CIO must master the art of connecting different parts of the organization and become a Master of intercompany relationships. It's all about integration." - Former CEO of HP, and First Data, Michael Capellas

I couldn’t have said it better myself. 

The importance of integration has never been as clear as now, and it's no longer about "just" connecting a number of applications in a structured way. Instead, it is about gaining a competitive edge with a well thought through Integration Strategy, the right organization, processes and technology. Some of the expectations of what a modern integration capability should be able to offer are Bimodal Integration, well defined and managed APIs for communication with the outside world, a distributed Integration environment organizationally and technically, and a clear plan for how to move Integration skills to be able to handle the changing demands both long term and short term.

What happens now, within the integration field, makes those of us who have a passion for Integration reach a new level. Suddenly Integration is no longer seen as necessary evil, but as tomorrow's key phenomenon in the digital dimension.

Personally, I think it is beyond reasonable doubt.

It’s all about Integration!

John Torgersson
Senior Vice President, Integrations at Enfo