We at IntegrationWorks do a lot of integration strategy which, coupled with growth strategy, forms the basis of Digital Transformation projects and transformation of the entire environment whether that be on a small or large scale. After a full year full of fuelling integration agility in 2016, we thought we’d cap off the year with some tips to power your transformation journey in 2017.
We at IntegrationWorks do a lot of integration strategy which, coupled with growth strategy, forms the basis of Digital Transformation projects and transformation of the entire environment whether that be on a small or large scale.
As we consult, we like to understand how deep the motivations and aspirations to transform really go. Some businesses like the idea of Digital Transformation but the hurdles and barriers to entry can appear high. Gathering a good understanding of the problems and incentives behind a transformation project helps to both deliver whilst helping gain a wider acceptance of the changes.
Following on from our recent post on Transformation and after a full year full of fuelling integration agility in 2016, we thought we’d cap off the year with some tips to power your transformation journey in 2017:
- Whether you are looking to bring agility to integration or your entire IT team, if you truly want to be agile then you need to shift your team’s number one focus from building integration widgets to building agile delivery processes. That in turn builds integration widgets faster and of higher quality than ever before and supports the metaphor that a strong house sits on a good foundation.
- If you’ve not made headway on microservices yet, get organised by making sure you fully understand these three things:
- your business agility requirements: for example, do you need to deliver business requirements every 2 weeks?
- your capability for delivery independence: for example, can you design, code, test, deploy components independently of one another? Do those processes rely on shared code, tools, runtime artefacts, runtime platforms, environments?
- your requirements and capability for runtime elasticity: for example, Do you need to auto-scale components independently from one another? Can you technically and commercially auto-scale components?
- Consider bringing a Kanban approach to everything you do. When you do so you’ll immediately identify funding, organisational, and technical obstacles that make transformation hard. Call these obstacles out and build a team and collaborative culture that is enabled and supported to tackle them.
- Be great at hybrid integration of many flavours. Though you may aspire to use a single integration platform in a single place, business agility is a driving force behind an integration capability flexible to the dynamic needs of many integration frameworks. Some of these include cloud and on-premise, multi-vendor solutions, open source adoption, and bespoke integrations in a fluid set of microservices frameworks. If you can’t knit all this together, hire people who can.
- Engage the right suppliers. Mountains of skills and expertise in “how you’ve always done it” won’t help you. In order to transform you’ll need to inject thought leadership. You’ll need suppliers who act as partners and contracts that focus on velocity and business responsiveness rather than the long term fixed outcomes of yesteryear.
- Understand the forces driving IT decentralisation and get in some help to analyse when it’ll matter to your business and to help you build your roadmap.
Most of our clients are embarking on or progressing through their transformation journeys. The ultimate aim from IntegrationWorks is to allow businesses to change faster, deliver products and services to customers quicker, beat the competition and reduce risks. We work with our clients closely to develop strategies, powerful roadmaps for future paths, supplying thought-leadership and hands-on people-power in the form of integration architects, developers and operations analysts. We work with a variety of global technology companies, such as IBM, Dell Boomi, MuleSoft and SAP to deliver innovative solutions that work. To learn more about us, check out www.integration.works
And lastly from all of us here at IntegrationWorks New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom, we wish you a Merry Christmas. We look forward to serving your business in 2017 with these tips and more!