“In order for us to integrate with our SAP system, we need an SAP adapter.”
“In order to migrate content to our FileNet WCMS, we need a FileNet Adapter.”
I’m sure you’ve all heard this before.
The reasoning? Whenever you need to perform data or content migration, you need an adapter. Or do you?
Companies like iWay Software created a nice business proving the need for adapters to business applications and data/content management systems.
But as the number of data sources and applications multiply, this strategy is proving obsolete. There are simply too many systems in the market to build individual adapters for, and the requirements for each adapter vary more and more with each use case.
Fortunately there is a faster, better solution.
Over the last 5 years any relevant business application or CMS made their system accessible through a web browser. You can log in and search, view and even enter data through web forms.
Using a Web Data Services product like the Kapow Web Data Server, developers can now leverage this web interface to create custom adapters quickly and easily whenever they need them, and even better, exactly the way they want them. No need to buy a library of adapters, read tons of documentation and then tweak your system to work with the adapter interface.
I visit prospects and customers as often as my schedule permits, and more and more frequently I hear, “We implemented yet another integration/SOA framework only to find it obsolete before it’s even finished”. Needless to say, customers are abandoning the adapter route and whole-heartedly adopting the much more pragmatic Web Data Services solution where they can create adapters “on the fly”.
Consider this – what would be the value to your organization if you could create adapters on demand without the need to recode existing systems or work through bureaucratic procedures to gain application access? Huge, right?
Please drop me a note and I would be more than happy to share some real-life stories from real-life global 1000 companies who have done just this, giving them unprecedented business agility. It’s no longer a matter of when and how much, but rather taking an on demand, “just do it” approach to driving business agility.
By: Stefan Andreasen