One of the more subtle trends starting to emerge as 2014 approaches is that end users are increasingly self-servicing their data integration requirements. As integration services continue to mature in the cloud, the days of end users’ dependence on developers to connect various sets of data are coming to a close. A case in point is Adeptia, a provider of data and application integration software that plans to extend the reach of its software directly to end users.
According to Adeptia president and CTO Deepak Singh, the company plans in 2014 to introduce a cloud service that will leverage its core integration technology to allow end users to integrate data with no direct involvement on the part of the internal IT organization.
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Singh says demand for this democratization of integration is being driven by the fleeting nature of business. The average business user simply doesn’t have the time to wait for a developer to bring data together in a way that provides business insight. End users need instant access to that data because the opportunity they are trying to address will no longer be there if they have to wait on developers to integrate disparate sets of data.
Once upon a time, says Singh, when the integration challenge in the enterprise involved integrating data from static applications, there was no rush. But modern business environments are much more dynamic, which means end users need a way to consume data that is becoming much more readily available to them via an API.
Singh says traditional enterprise IT will continue to be involved in setting up and managing systems of record. But as far as the emerging category of systems of engagement is concerned, the role of IT will pretty much end at building and deployment. The actual task of integrating data sets will be performed by end users who will have access to visual tools that will greatly simplify that process using what amounts to a dedicated integration application that they access as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application.
In an age when IT organizations are evolving into brokers of cloud services, Singh says data integration is one of the first places where that new role that IT plays in the enterprise is going to significantly disrupt the way people access and manipulate information. In the meantime, for better or worse, developers must get used to the idea that when it comes to integrating data, they may soon have much better things to do.