Chris McNabb, CEO and general manager of Dell Boomi
Integration and API management are at the heart of digital transformation. Unless data and applications are rapidly and seamlessly integrated, digital transformation efforts will hobble along and fall short of the organisation's objectives.
Yet many organisations treat integration and API management as an afterthought, believing it can wait or is the responsibility of their cloud service provider.
That's a recipe for failure.
Integrating APIs frees up data, assets and capabilities to unlock new value and drive innovation. For example, when a company plugs in Google Maps via its public APIs, it can add value to its applications without creating its own mapping system. That's an exchange of value and plugging into that exchange creates a new economy to add more value.
There are over 17,000 public APIs available, everything from facial recognition to deep learning algorithms. APIs act as connectors enabling applications to communicate with each other and initiate tasks or processes. They are also essential for customising Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs).
According to Chris McNabb, CEO and general manager of Dell Boomi, demand for integration has seen dramatic growth in the last few years, driven by more extensive cloud adoption. He noted that integrating business applications creates new opportunities for companies to connect with their customers and partners.
As the number of integrations with cloud-based services surge, there is intense pressure on managing and streamlining the process. Companies must have the confidence they can deliver services with agility, both to their staff and externally to customers and partners.
So where does an organisation start? We posed this and other questions in a short chat with McNabb.
CIO Asia: How does integration play into Dell's focus on Digital Transformation?
McNabb: In the last four years, I've witnessed tremendous change in the integration market space. Cloud adoption, which is enabling businesses to pursue digital transformation, is causing a surge in integration requirements across business applications.
Cloud computing fuels digital disruption and for many of our customers, that creates huge challenges. There is significant pressure on internal development teams to deliver more at an accelerated pace, and to be agile and responsive. Integration, especially with hybrid cloud-based services and applications, is a critical component to achieving this. APIs are certainly part of this story but there's much more.
To be truly effective, integration requires a platform. Dell can provide the infrastructure to help companies create a custom platform to engage their customers in new ways. An integration platform offers enterprises efficiency and best-of-breed solutions to use the cloud and achieve competitive advantage.
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