After being a provider of integration software primarily used on-premise to integrate enterprise applications, Jitterbit today unfurled a cloud integration platform. Andrew Leigh, vice president of products and alliances for Jitterbit, says The Harmony Cloud Integration Platform from Jitterbit offers all the same features of the on-premise edition of Jitterbit integration software in a way that can be easily extended to social, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications using connectors in as little as 10 minutes.
What separates Jitterbit from other integration platform, says Leigh, is that it makes use of a graphical interface that enables everyone from developers to power users to integrate data. Using what Jitterbit refers to as a graphical “Clicks Not Code” approach, Leigh says business analysts can connect applications in days to create business processes without requiring any direct intervention from developers.
While Jitterbit is hardly the first provider of enterprise integration software to make that shift to the cloud, it is making a concerted effort to extend integration in the cloud beyond the realm of the developer. While some developers might view such efforts with suspicion, it does free up developers to concentrate more on creating new applications rather than integrating data across existing applications.
It’s always been something of a challenge to transform the diagrams created by business analysts into actual working data integration projects. The Harmony Cloud Integration Platform essentially turns business analysts into a class of citizen developers than enables them to now more easily integrate data both inside and out of the enterprise.
IT organizations have the option of deploying The Harmony Cloud Integration Platform either in the cloud, on-premise, or in a hybrid cloud scenario. Key elements of The Harmony Cloud Integration Platform include on-premise local agents and cloud agents that enable integrations to scale across clusters of servers that dynamically scale up and down as required.
There’s no doubt that some of the integration work done by a business analyst may one day have to be optimized by a developer as the business processes get more complex over time. But given the volume of relatively routine data integration work required to drive the emerging API economy, more than a few organizations these days are looking for ways to get more business value out of their developers by letting end users increasingly service their own needs when it comes to crafting new business processes based on data that already exists in a readily accessible format.