“Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin.”
- Bob Dylan 1963
Fast forward almost 50 years to 2010 and this Dylan verse offers a modern-day perspective on recent developments in the corporate enterprise, as business users set down new demands (expectations) for the access and use of data.
Economic downturns can be painful, but often have a positive effect on companies by forcing clarity of business execution. Hardened product/service deliverables and timelines suddenly become indisputable for managers and employees. Expensive IT projects and initiatives previously thought to be valuable to the Company are ‘rudely’ terminated in favor of genuine efficiency demands, with the goal of lowering transactional costs of the Company. The Lines of Business (LsOB) and IT organizations are given very specific marching orders: ‘Do more with less and do it faster and better than before!’
Are you “Waiting on IT” in an impatient business climate?
‘Clouds’ have gathered in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the perfect storm for change is imminent. An Economic Downturn, Cloud Computing, and Social/Mobile media are driving rapid and transformational change in the way the LsOB will consume and distribute information in the modern enterprise to their partners and customers.
The business users’ insatiable need for access to data in all of its forms and from as many sources has created enormous friction for IT. As the traditional gate-keeper of corporate data, IT’s role is to provide the means to make data-delivery easier for the business with integrated data being an expectation of the business user.
So why has data integration in the enterprise fallen so far behind in recent years? In Clay Christiansen’s book “The Innovator’s Dilemma” there is a passage on new product development in the construction industry and the use of older machines prior to a disruptive innovation. The excavator specifically triggered an analogy for me, as it relates to the current state of data integration in the enterprise.
The excavator is a massive piece of machinery to acquire, operate and maintain. It requires highly-skilled specialists to run with the primary function of moving massive amounts of earth, in bulk.
As you can see in the graphic, the excavator approach to data integration (purple area) worked well, keeping pace with the distribution of data up until the late 90’s. From there, the explosion of data from web apps commenced (red triangle) and has continued to accelerate year after year. The data requirements of the business user changed, and as a result, IT has been overrun with rapidly expanding data demands as new data sources are discovered on what seems like a daily occurrence. Using traditional, excavator-like machinery for these modern data integration projects has proven to be just too expensive and cumbersome.
In fairness to IT, the use of an excavator to address these dynamic integration projects was (and still is) an unfair disadvantage for IT. Someone needed to invent the modern data integration equivalent of the BOBCAT, an agile, industrial strength, versatile, data integration platform that is inexpensive to operate and maintain; that can be quickly deployed for on-demand integration needs and used for the continuous progression of enterprise-extensible application lifecycles.
Today, Kapow introduces the Kapow Extraction Browser TM, the first and only web browser purpose built to extract, transform, integrate and migrate data from apps in the enterprise, on the web, and in the cloud. Data is extracted from any layer in the application stack: database, app logic and/or presentation layer.
Kapow KatalystTM – Browser-based data integration – a pragmatic new approach to data integration – No APIs required – No dependencies
The emergence of the browser as the defacto standard for data viewing has defined the linkage for business users to their data. Brisk, mobile adoption and social media amplification are driving new data demands to the forefront of importance for the LsOB as the corporate enterprise ecosystem expands. IT must begin to anticipate and adapt to these powerful business trends.
Business Users are fast-tracking the extensibility of the corporate enterprise by surfacing new applications for delivery on newer and less encumbered devices. They will need assistance in dealing with these very real, dynamic and complex data movements. The opportunity for IT to step up and bridge this modern integration chasm for the LsOB has arrived. Browser Integrated Data is the new road traveled – but get out of the way…
“…If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin.”
By: John Yapaola