8 Use Cases of Cloud Integration Hub, a Critical Component of iPaaS

Jan 24, 2022 |
Sudipta Datta

Product Manager, Cloud Integration Hub and B2B Gateway

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As organizations experiment and innovate, integration leaders and architects are looking for ways to successfully operationalize those innovations into their IT landscape. New use cases and patterns continue to emerge that need to be evaluated and teamed with the right integration solution for better business value.

Increasingly, companies are investing in and implementing an enterprise integration platform as a service (iPaaS) that goes beyond table stakes. From API management to an integration hub to application and data integration solutions, a next-gen, enterprise iPaaS provides all the capabilities you need on one platform and enables you to use the right combination of integration tools for each unique use case. Today, I’d like to highlight eight use cases that would benefit from an integration hub, one of the core components of iPaaS.

Why Do You Need a Cloud Integration Hub?

An integration hub connects with enterprise data sources and applications via a hub-and-spoke model in which the source and target applications do not talk to each other; they talk through the hub.

It streamlines connectivity within your environment and enables the reuse of data. Advanced integration hubs like Informatica Cloud Integration Hub (CIH) deploy a resilient pub-sub based architecture that leads to the standardization and democratization of data. CIH is designed to reduce costs per integration, improve IT efficiency, and free up your resources to drive innovation.

8 Use Cases For Informatica Cloud Integration Hub, An Essential Component of iPaaS

1. Data Democratization: self-service consumption of departmental data products 

Data democratization requires easy access to standardized data from a centrally accessible repository, along with proper governance of the integrations and data flows. As your enterprise grows, you may realize it’s harder to maintain one source of truth across the company. That gives rise to newer data management frameworks like data fabric and data mesh.

To make data discoverable and accessible in a distributed architecture, you need to standardize processes on how to expose your data and how to consume it. Every department generates data products that can be made available through localized integration hubs. CIH acts as a centralized hub for all data topics that the department has to offer. Through the hub, different parts of the organization can enable business users to derive insights and knowledge from their data while they monitor the usage and activities.

A pub-sub-based hub enables all business applications to subscribe to one cohesive, resilient, and secure source of information—irrespective of the origin and how the applications function. CIH’s low-code/no-code self-service model of publishing and subscribing data helps identify data and integrate with the required system without involving the technical team. This brings down the cost per integration and allows organizations to deliver integrations faster and more efficiently.

2. Governance of integration across systems

While you want to enable business users and increase data utilization, you also need to make sure you have visibility over each data flow. A visual representation of the relationships between publishers, topics, and subscribers—as well as lineage—helps to govern the integration landscape. CIH provides this oversight and control over each data flow as well as the entire integration landscape, making it easier to troubleshoot and verify that the data flow is reliable and secured. With proactive alerts and elaborate scheduling mechanisms, it becomes easier and more efficient to govern.

3. Data federation across the organization

One of the major challenges of a master data management (MDM) solution is to govern and control the data flowing in and out of it. Once the data is clean, transformed, matched, and merged, the golden record is created. But without a centralized solution, proliferation of the master data becomes a challenge. For MDM, the hub acts as a point of contact, where the master data is pushed through topics that can be subscribed by any number of applications or systems. The monitoring mechanism of CIH helps to regulate the data flow in and out of MDM and flag an alert if there’s a problem.

4. Cloud and application modernization

Companies are modernizing their data integration landscape to improve internal efficiency and to enable data-driven innovation through cloud, analytics, and AI. Manual data integration efforts often limit the ability of an organization to experiment and scale. CIH increases efficiency and supports unique and advanced use cases, empowering business users to connect to the right data with a no-code/low-code solution.

5. Point-to-point integrations

As companies move to digital and become more data-driven, more applications, systems, and services will require access to the same data. With point-to-point integration frameworks there are redundant integration tasks that drain costs and resources. With CIH’s hub-and-spoke architecture, you reduce the number of connections, ingesting data once, then distributing it to multiple destinations. Cloud synchronization costs can be controlled with the same approach. In a multi-cloud environment, you can drastically reduce API call charges and data transfer charges using CIH.

6. Integration construction

With disruptions all around, business continuity plans are gaining importance. It is critical to reduce the impact of downtime and avoid data loss and delays that occur when tightly coupled applications fail and stop communicating. Informatica’s CIH can remove the application dependency between a source and a target, thus reducing points of failure and making your integrations much more resilient.

7. Resource consumption

The hub allows you to configure different retention periods for data to make sure subscribing applications can consume the data at any latency. It also helps to schedule the data flows in a way that minimizes resource consumption.

8. Time to market

During modernization, companies are constantly adding and replacing applications, which is a complicated process. Without a centralized system, business users don’t know which data to trust and use, which can slow down the process. These problems can be managed with CIH, which provides a single interface per application and acts as a single source of truth. For a new application, a single integration connects it with all systems through the hub—making it faster and more cost effective to manage. The hub is designed to handle new data requirements and to integrate new data sources with ease, encouraging business users to drive innovative projects.

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