Application Integration with APIs and Microservices

Oct 18, 2018 posted by Ankit Malhotra under SoftwareAG

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The Digital Renaissance is underway. And, the global industrial landscape is feeling the full force of the headwind.

As digital disruption is becoming the standard for success, organizations aren’t just going down the path to digital. Instead, they are strategically planning their transformation to provide distinguished offerings and gain a competitive edge. Organizations are dismantling their cumbersome point-to-point connections and building more integrated, collaborative, and value-driven ecosystems that integrate newer applications with existing ones.

An integrated application architecture help enterprises scale quickly and drive millions of customers through their agile apps. It also gives them superior control over their applications, facilitating faster, informed decision-making, and maximum efficiency.

For many enterprises, the key to seamless application integration is Microservicesan architecture model, which is a huge promotion over traditional monolithic architectures for how it allows great flexibility to change and develop new application in the fastest time possible. Another advantage is how microservices support a holistic transformation by deploying new applications that coexist and interact with the traditional and existing ones.

However, as exciting as it might sound, integrating applications using microservices isn’t easy and has its own set of complexities, which if not tamed, can result in growth casualties.

This blog exposes the challenges of application integration using microservices and outlines what organizations can do to solve the need for faster, more scalable applications integrations.

Why is Microservices-based Application Integration a Sore Spot for Digital Enterprises?

In a world abound with digital possibilities, agility is everything. While microservices sit at the forefront of the digital enterprise revolution, it has a few shortcomings, including cumbersome processes and a looming risk for redundancy. However, the biggest hurdle lies in securing microservices architectures across previously deployed architectural patterns, without compromising speed and flexibility.

Moreover, the rapid mainstreaming of microservices has triggered another big concern for digital enterprises. By embracing microservices, enterprises have successfully broken down the clunky business systems into discrete components, but the problem of integrating these autonomous services and deriving their maximum value has thrown enterprises into disarray.

Fortunately, the API-led implementation methodology has been successful in quelling the integration tensions. Application Integration is a laborious process with many highs and lows to address, with which microservices, alone, can’t grapple. This is where APIs shine. They bolster the power of microservices while limiting their drawbacks, leading to seamless application integration.

Streamlining Integration with APIs and Microservices

APIs herald a significant step forward in the management of microservices architectures over rigid and disparate legacy systems.

Here is how APIs and microservices aid in seamless application integration:

a.) With APIs, enterprises find it easier to synchronize microservices with traditional systems and facilitate them to coexist while meeting several operational and compliance imperatives. Additionally, an API-led strategy help companies expose the functionality of microservices as products, which results in both external and internal growth.

b.) APIs bring significant cost benefits by eliminating the need for point-to-point integrations with legacy systems and SaaS applications. This allows organizations to quickly scale microservices up or down every time the requirements shift.

c.) Lastly, APIs make it possible to reuse and discover microservices. If teams are creating microservices architectures, which are of greater interest to a particular audience, APIs will ensure that they are easily discoverable, facilitate a wider audience reach, and can be managed later as a reusable capability.

Kellton Tech as a Strategic Partner in the Transformation

Kellton Tech has been servicing the Software AG community since 1997 at par excellence. With over 250 successful implementations throughout USA and Canada, we are the most trusted and sought-after partner for Software AG products.

Our team specializes in implementing microservices and APIs for application integration while delivering the benefits of cost savings and shortened deployment times.

We have vetted expertise in streamlining application integration for our clients worldwide by utilizing Software AG’s high-performing product range, including WebMethods Integration Server, WebMethods DevOps Edition, WebMethods Cloudstreams, WebMethods Integration Cloud, and Universal Messaging.

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