Adeptia this week unfurled a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that is designed to empower citizen integrators of all levels of expertise. CEO Lou Ennuso says Adeptia Connect creates a SaaS application through which end users can dynamically invoke connectors to share data and communicate with one another.
Adeptia Connect works by enabling an organization to publish an adapter using the Adeptia SaaS application. Each adapter is specific to a particular process and defines how a company wants to receive data. Companies that want to do business with that organization can then search Adeptia Connect to discover those adapters. Once discovered, a four-step wizard configures the connection in a matter of minutes, says Ennuso.
Rather than thinking in terms of traditional application development constructs, Ennuso says Adeptia took its inspiration for the service from social media services that allow anyone to communicate with anyone else. In fact, Ennuso describes Adeptia Connect as a simple-to-use social network for data connectivity. Those connections, he adds, can be configured by almost any level of end users, including via mobile computing devices such as the Apple iPad.
In an age where the ability to quickly establish business relationships is of paramount importance to business users, Ennuso says that end users, also known as citizen integrators, want to be able to quickly establish ways to share data and communicate with external customers and business partners.
Organizations can opt to deploy Adeptia Connect, which is hosted in data centers run by Amazon Web Services, in any region where there is AWS service, Ennuso adds. That capability is critical because data sovereignty laws around the world are starting to restrict where data can be stored, he says.
Professional developers have mixed emotions about the rise of the citizen integrator. But as integration becomes more democratized, it’s apparent that connectors and APIs are democratizing data integration. In fact, Gartner predicts that "by 2017, at least 65% of new integration flows will be developed outside the control" of traditional IT departments. Given all the projects that are on the plate of most IT departments, it might not even be surprising to see them encouraging end users to make use of secure SaaS applications to share data.
That may ultimately mean less reliance on professional developers to integrate data across every little project and use case. But it also should free professional developers to work on much more challenging data integration projects that add more meaningful value to the business over the long haul.