Integration at Any Scale: Scale Projects

April 24, 2013 --

Talend’s new tagline, introduced a few weeks ago is Integration at Any Scale. Scale, in this context, has many meanings, and after focusing recently on the data angle, I would like to highlight today another dimension: scaling projects.

Integration is a very important part of any IT project. In their Predicts 2013 for Application Integration (you need to be a Gartner client to access this document), Gartner provided this Strategic Planning Assumption:

“By 2018, more than 50% of the cost of implementing 90% of new large systems will be spent on integration.”

What this means is that, for most of projects (90%), more than half the cost of deployment is related to integration with existing systems. This is huge. And it means that integration is ubiquitous: basically you can’t deploy a project without thinking integration.

So how do you avoid spending ever more on integration, and make sure your projects don’t spin out of control? The answer is multi-faceted.

The first angle to consider is to take a holistic view of integration. Don’t treat data integration, application integration and business process integration as three different beasts to tackle, but as three heads of the same Hydra (except you’re not going to cut these heads, but domesticize them). Regardless of the size of your organization, of the complexity of your project, go “enterprise”. Only a true enterprise integration approach will fulfill this need for holism (yes, this is the noun from which ‘holistic’ was formed and no it has nothing to do with ‘holiness’). 

The second angle is the complexity and scope of the project. Some projects are multi-year, multi-million dollar deployments involving hundreds of engineers. Some projects are done in a couple weeks by a small team. And you have everything in between. Conversely, some projects involve bleeding edge technology and advanced expertise (Hadoop Pig, MapReduce, data science come to mind…) and some are “just” a good ol’ ERP or data warehouse implementation that consultants could do in their sleep. Despite this broad spectrum along several dimensions, consistency is key. You don’t want to end up with 3 (or 12, while we are at it…) different integration platforms!

And the third angle is skills. I will spend more time on this topic in another post, but it seems pretty obvious that both holistic integration and consistency across the projects spectrum will translate into a better development and leverage of skills.

Talend’s Integration at Any Scale helps you address all these angles of project scalability with a robust, open solution, which brings powerful, consistent integration capabilities to any project, small or large.