If your vendor has announced a dramatic shift in direction, such as 100% outsourcing to the cloud, you could a) be pressured to adopt an integration paradigm that benefits your vendor, but doesn’t work for your business or meet your particular regulatory/governance requirements; and/or b) get stuck with an outdated integration product that languishes on your vendor’s R&D back burner. And if you hit a scalability wall, then what?
Either way, when your vendor stops actively investing in solutions that address your top concerns and future requirements, you do not have the agile foundation you need in order to:
- Adapt to changes in technologies, standards, and government regulations. Your integration and governance product may seem comprehensive and secure now, but can it keep up with the ever-evolving technologies, standards, and regulations that impact your business ecosystem? For example, how does your current vendor handle API, mobile, cloud, and other evolving integration and governance technology requirements?
- Modernize, consolidate, and scale your integration and governance infrastructure. Will your environment be able to keep pace with changing business conditions, new data paths like mobile and BYOD, and exponential growth of data volumes as your business continues to evolve and expand over the next 5-10 years? The last thing you need is to be close to maximum capacity and then have to rely on a sluggish vendor to move fast enough to handle expected — let alone unexpected — spikes in data volume. The bottom line is that if your vendor can’t scale quickly — or at all — then they aren’t set up to support the continued growth and success of your business.
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