The Future of Enterprise Application Integration

Windows, UNIX, Linux, AIX
March 20, 2017


These days there’s software to streamline everything your business needs to do. From sales to accounting to production, the pace of business is faster and work is less manual thanks to the variety of enterprise applications available. Unfortunately, having a complex environment of disparate systems and applications can make it challenging to implement a comprehensive automation strategy. The job scheduling features built into many business applications are rudimentary and using them gives you no overarching control or visibility into your enterprise automation. 

Automating Complex Environments

The key to better enterprise application automation is integration. Business processes often involve interaction with several systems, so you haven’t maximized the benefit of your software solutions if they can’t work together and can’t be used in multi-application automated workflows.

A good workload automation solution will offer interfaces with common business applications such as Informatica and SAP. This enhances the value of these applications to your organization by adding functionality like triggering workflows based on events on other systems, moving data across platforms, or keeping detailed audit reports. The problem is that it is impossible for automation software vendors to create application interfaces for every ERP, CRM, or BI solution out there.

The more innovative business software that becomes available, the greater the chances that you will have critical applications that aren’t included in the handful of interfaces your job scheduler offers. If you are using a solution with a smaller user base, it is unlikely to be prioritized for an integration with your job scheduler. Even if your current applications work well together, IT environments often become more complex as businesses grow. You may even acquire or merge with other companies and find yourself running multiple applications for the same purpose. In these situations, businesses frequently end up with inefficient setups like a job scheduling tool implemented for the sole purpose of running a single application that can’t connect to the organization’s other automated processes.

A New Kind of EAI Tool

Enterprise application integration (EAI) has traditionally involved individual interfaces between two applications, but a new kind of application integrator makes orchestrating integrated automation processes easier than ever. This type of integration tool uses a web service to connect to any third party application, whether cloud-based or on premise, making your workload automation truly application-agnostic and cross-platform.

A universal application connector puts control over application integration into your hands, letting you easily create the integrations you need to run your unique IT environment smoothly.

The Benefits of Universal Application Integration

If you know that any new application will be able to interface with your enterprise job scheduler, you are free to invest in the business software that works best for your company without worrying that you won’t be able to incorporate it into your comprehensive enterprise automation strategy. In fact, you will be able to maximize the power of these new applications by combining their functionality with that of a cross-platform scheduler. That way you are covered for both current and future automation requirements.   

Taking control of creating the interfaces you need not only gives you flexibility, it lowers costs. You will never need to purchase a new solution or pay programmers to write custom scripts to connect your enterprise job scheduler to the other tools that run your critical business processes.

We all know the benefits of automation—it saves time, reduces costs, and increases productivity. Universal software integration ensures that these benefits are applied to your full arsenal of software investments.

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