Application Integration

Application integration is a mission-critical imperative to becoming a fully-connected, agile enterprise. Explore how we can help.

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Application integration is critical for small and large organizations alike.

How many different applications are currently functioning within your organization?

Hundreds? Thousands? If you’re an average-sized enterprise, you have manufacturing, supply chain, financial, human resources, marketing, communications, and many other applications running simultaneously to support your day-to-day operations.

Some are being provided by third-party vendors:

Others may have been created in-house. Each application is unique, purpose-driven, and critical to your success. But unless these applications are efficiently integrated, you lack the ability to share data between them, quickly obtain insights, and to cut costs to achieve maximum performance, productivity, and profitability.

To achieve the insights and actionability that is required to survive in today’s highly competitive and volatile marketplace, you need a perfectly orchestrated system of integrated processes that work harmoniously together. Your challenge is to find a cost-effective solution and approach that is relatively quick to deploy, easy to manage, and scalable to take you well into the future. We’re here to help.

What is application integration?

Simply put, application integration (or enterprise application integration) is:

The use of technology to make independently-designed applications, applications, and services work together harmoniously to achieve efficiency. It’s different from data integration in that it links multiple applications at a functional level.

For example, ERP systems help streamline and automate business processes. CRM platforms combine with other tools and services to ensure customer records provide value to sales, marketing, product development, and others within your company.

This modular approach for applications has its benefits:

It enables faster changes and implementation. However, the labyrinthine architecture created by the numerous modules in play comes with its own challenges. As a result, different approaches have evolved to orchestrate integration flows.

Many of these have been driven by the rapid introduction and adoption of cloud technologies, the need to connect applications that function on different platforms, and the urgent need for real-time processes to keep pace with the speed of transactions.

There are multiple integration approaches and architectures to consider.

When you’re embarking on your initiative to integrate applications:

It’s important to adopt a strategy and approach that enables you to adapt to change. This means you must consider the various solutions and options available, including iPaaS, iSaaS, HIP, and API-led connectivity. These integration styles and models can be used independently or in combination.  

However, point-to-point integration is almost unthinkable these days because increases in the number of applications, systems, and partners have created an exponential number of connections and unmanageable complexity.

While some companies prefer centralized and standardized integration practices and flexibility:

The traditional hub and spoke model lacks the scalability that’s required. In some situations, implementations have failed due to a lack of clear standards and the inability to handle systems that weren’t primarily homogenous.

To keep up with modern demands, companies must be able to integrate virtually any application regardless of platform. They need a solution and approach that ensures rapid processing, ultimately providing an application integration solution that is flexible, agile, and scalable.

For example:

Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs) have emerged to replace the outdated, traditional brokered hub-and-spoke EAI approach.

A growing number of organizations are aggregating multiple integration technologies into hybrid integration platform (HIP) capabilities.

API connectivity

API-led integration solutions, such as the MuleSoft Anypoint platform, provide an effective and efficient way to expose and discover business IT assets – rapidly and securely. This solution provides a unified, highly-productive hybrid platform for application integration.

As technologies continue to emerge and become more refined, it’s important that organizations select versatile methods that can change and scale with minimal modification. Our integration consultants ensure that the solutions we design and deploy support agility and growth for many years to come.

Lightwell helps you achieve the benefits of application integration.

With the right integration solution and approach, we’ll help you achieve multiple organizational and operational benefits. This includes time-saving, cost-cutting, and performance-enhancing benefits such as:

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Improved data access

enabling access from any system to any sort of data in any format.

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Lower costs

from not needing to move data in and out of platforms and streamlining integrations.

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Reduced latency times

as processes can run directly within the cloud.

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Increased productivity

by reducing the need for custom coding and maintaining point-to-point connections.

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Faster time-to-benefit

where users can create integrations faster without specialized skills or deep technical knowledge.

We help you select the right application integration solution for your needs.

The best application integration solution and approach for your needs depends on your organization and operations.

Before we recommend any application integration solution, we work collaboratively with your team to understand your current situation, discuss known deficiencies, and determine future needs. We then conduct a thorough analysis to reveal issues that need to be resolved before we suggest the right path.

Our goal is to apply state-of-the-art solutions to ensure you achieve accelerated productivity, reduced risk, flexibility, and continuous improvement that enhance your organization’s performance.

Benefit from our comprehensive services and proven solutions.

For over 20 years now, we’ve been collaborating with world-class technology companies to help organizations around the world integrate their systems. Learn more about our extensive integration services and the industry-leading solutions we recommend to our clients.

MuleSoft Integration Solutions

  • MuleSoft Anypoint Platform
  • Anypoint for Data Integration
  • Anypoint for IPaaS

MuleSoft Anypoint Platform

A unified, hybrid integration platform that enables companies to unlock the full potential of their applications and data through API-led connectivity, both on-premises and in the cloud. It includes capabilities for API Management, legacy system modernization, business automation, cloud integration, microservices, omnichannel, digital transformation, and more.

Learn more about the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform.

Anypoint for Data Integration

Increase developer productivity with a solution that combines batch and real-time processing for application and data integration – no matter how complex your systems are and where they reside.

Learn more about Anypoint for Data Integration

Anypoint for IPaaS

Use one simple, unified platform to integrate any app, data, or device at lightning speed using drag-and-drop UI or code.

Learn more about Anypoint for IPaaS.

IBM Cloud Integration Capabilities

  • IBM App Connect
  • IBM Cloud Pak for Integration

IBM App Connect

Instantly connect applications and data from your existing systems and modern technologies across all environments, and build APIs to access, transform, and combine data assets. This integration solution allows businesses to deploy a wide range of flexible integration patterns, and offers prebuilt connectors and easy-to-use templates to enable a wide range of application integrations quickly.

Learn more about IBM App Connect.

IBM Cloud Pak for Integration

Achieve an automated and closed-loop lifecycle across multiple styles of integration. With IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, companies can speed integration development, reduce costs, and maintain enhanced security, governance, and availability.

Learn more about IBM Cloud Pak for Integration.

Lightwell Application Integration Services

Integration Services

Lightwell experts provide comprehensive integration consulting services around the MuleSoft and IBM solutions.

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Integration Assessments and Strategy

Our comprehensive assessment enables your organization to understand, evaluate, and optimize its end-to-end Integration capabilities.

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Integration Architecture

Experienced Integration architects help you develop a comprehensive and scalable Integration Architecture that meets your business needs while remaining cost-effective.

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Integration Managed Services and Support

With our Managed Services for Integration solutions, you receive 24 x 7 production support with administration oversight from our professional certified experts. You’ll enjoy the fast resolution of most issues before they grow into outages that impact the business.

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Integration Staffing and Recruiting

With decades of IT staffing and recruiting expertise, we help you find, recruit, and place the skilled resources you need for your API and integration initiatives on a short term or permanent basis.

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Let’s Get Started

You may have hundreds, if not thousands, of applications to integrate. And you’ll likely have more in the future. Make certain that you invest in the most efficient and cost-effective solution and approach – one that will grow as you grow so you can achieve your present and future organizational goals.

If you’re ready to transform your organization through the strategic implementation of an application integration solution, we can help you every step of the way. Let’s get together to talk about it. Contact us today.

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