What Could Go Wrong?

API integration has been essential in helping businesses incorporate new IT technologies quickly and seamlessly into their systems. You can combine existing software efficiently to meet your unique requirements and facilitate innovation without reinventing the wheel.  However, API integrations for your IT tools isn't without its challenges.
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First, you have to initiate and maintain the project with scarce development resources. Then not only do you have to manage a large number of systems to keep data from being siloed, you also need to navigate the complexity of the connections between systemsMost enterprise IT architectures end up looking a bit like the spaghetti below. The many connections required to create a customized solution mean API integrations aren't simply "plug-and-play" for most organizations.  

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What Could Go Wrong in Enterprise API Integration? 

Unfortunately, a lot. In fact, many IT integrations are quite brittle. If you just throw a bunch of APIs together without proper setup and monitoring, something will likely go wrong: 

  • Software updates: when an application connected to your system via API is upgraded, the changes may not play nicely with the destination system or other applications. This could mean hours or days spent on isolating the issue and potentially lead to costly downtime.  
  • Code conflicts: the more applications you add to your system via API integrations, the more likely code conflicts will happen. Without a holistic view of how disparate APIs work within your system, troubleshooting can be frustrating and time-consuming. 
  • Sloppy code: there's very little you can do to ensure that the code is written in a concise and readable way. Poorly written code may work initially but when changes are required, often the author is difficult to find or the fixes are not obvious. 
  • System performance: some integrations can impact your system's performance and may even slow things down to a grinding halt. Without the ability to benchmark and monitor the system's performance, you could be shooting in the dark.   
  • Data influx: many APIs aren't designed to handle sudden bursts of data, which isn't uncommon in today's data-intensive enterprise setting. These bursts could slow down the entire system or even cause the integrations to break. 
  • Bottlenecks: when data is transferred from multiple applications via disparate APIs into your system, the process may hit a snag when the source or destination can’t keep up. This is likely to happen if you don't have a buffering mechanism to automatically control the data flow. 
  • Data security: most API integrations simply pass data from one application to another without the ability to mask or filter sensitive data. This can be problematic if personally identifiable information (PII) and sensitive business data are involved. 

Leverage the Power of Your Data with Enterprise-Grade Integration 

The good news is that you can ensure seamless data streaming through integrations with an enterprise-grade integration platform, which connects and streams data between IT tools in near real-time. Here are some key functions you'll need: 

Availability and Scalability 

Your integration platform needs to process tens of thousands of data records (events, metrics, logs, and topology) per second with no single point of failure. It should be able to scale up on demand and support rapid or sudden expansion in traffic. This helps prevent breakdowns caused by sudden bursts of data and supports mission-critical operational management tools. 

Data Security 

Modern enterprises require end-to-end encryption to ensure the security of sensitive operational data. Your integration platform should offer the ability to mask sensitive data and set up role-based user authentication. It should also offer tenant data segmentation to ensure that data is kept separate and allow for deployment on SaaS/AWS so you can leverage additional security features. 

Delivery and Throttling 

An enterprise-grade integration platform should provide the ability to buffer data flow so you can prevent bottlenecks or breakdowns caused by a sudden bursts of data from a source application or into a destination system. For example, it should automatically handle failure scenarios and prevent system overload by using configurable circuit breakers. 

Data Filtering and Masking 

A robust integration platform can filter out irrelevant data from each source before feeding it into your system to lower data transfer and storage costs. It can also help protect vital data by omitting fields (e.g., IP addresses) and masking PII or sensitive business data. This can help improve data protection and ensure compliance with various data privacy regulations. 

Streamline and Automate Integration 

StreamWeaver makes "plug-and-play" integration a reality. Not only will you be able to complete integrations in minutes but you can also rest assured that they're done right, every time.  To learn more about our enterprise-class integration platform, or get in touch to see how we can help. 

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