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Is your integration vendor developing products designed to meet your strategic integration and governance requirements, or theirs?

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doesn’t work for your business or meet your particular regulatory/governance requirements; and/or b) get stuck with an outdated integration product that languishes on your vendor’s R&D back burner.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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Better, Stronger, Faster

By John Thielens, CSO, Axway

In May, the I-5 bridge north of Seattle collapsed when a truck hauling drilling equipment hit some overhead crossbeams.

In June, a former Veterans Affairs computer security chief testified before Congress that “at least eight foreign-sponsored organizations . . . have hacked into computer networks at the Veterans Affairs Department in recent years.”

And while these two events are completely unrelated, the former was still fresh in my mind when the latter occurred, prompting me to think about how the aging infrastructure in the physical world isn’t unlike the aging infrastructure in the data-protection world.

The VA, it turns out, didn’t encrypt their databases correctly, leaving them as vulnerable as the I-5 bridge, unable to handle unexpected loads and stresses.

Simply put, their systems were old and outdated, and something like this was inevitable.

But instead of taking a common, reactive tack like pace-layering — where stable, older systems are wrapped in adaptive layers, which creates protective, agile front ends — perhaps an organization like the VA should consider capitalizing on their original investment, rebuilding their older systems, and extending their systems’ service life.

Admittedly, rebuilding things is usually the wrong way to go, but in this case — thanks to new tools, architectural approaches, and isolation boundaries that allow us to heighten security, lower costs, and avoid the “spaghetti code” problem that makes systems inadaptable and insecure — I think it’s actually right.

You need look no further than API-based architectures to see why. When it comes to providing a loose coupling between modules and establishing new interfaces, APIs hold a lot of promise. They make it so we don’t have to worry about rebuilding a whole system — or disturbing the core-based layer of the enterprise — when updating an aging infrastructure. They make it so re-engineering an existing system isn’t only feasible, it’s cost-effective.

What do you think? Shouldn’t we rebuild with stainless steel instead of pig iron, with something cheap and strong instead of heavy and brittle? Shouldn’t we use new tools, designs, and approaches to reinvigorate our systems and make them better than ever before? I look forward to your comments!