Integration Lifecycle Management (ILM) is the building, maintenance, and ongoing enhancement and modification of integrations, particularly updating existing integrations. ILM is based on, and can be considered a subset of, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), which is the product lifecycle management (governance, development, and maintenance) of computer programs.
Let’s discuss common ILM challenges that businesses with limited developer and IT resources face and a modern integration and automation solution for addressing those issues.
Integration Lifecycle Management with Traditional iPaaS SolutionsThe operating model of virtually all professional software development teams is based on ALM. As a result, traditional iPaaS solutions (which are designed for development teams) built their ILM capabilities based on the ALM model. These solutions include complex infrastructures with development, Q/A, and production environments that require significant time and effort to configure, secure, and manage them. These systems are restricted to the developers or integration specialists trained in their use.
Without question, the ILM functionality of traditional iPaaS solutions improves developer productivity and accelerates development teams’ ability to respond to the business groups’ changing integration needs. However, with limited development resources and a traditional iPaaS approach, IT is a bottleneck and a drag on the business’ ability to respond to change.
Celigo’s Integration Lifecycle Management for Business Users and Developers
Modern iPaaS solutions, like the Celigo integration platform, provide the ability for business users to build, deploy, and manage business process automation — not just technical teams. Our ILM capabilities are designed to be intuitive and easy to use, so business users can efficiently modify their own integrations without IT intervention.
While Celigo is compatible with traditional ALM and CI/CD processes and systems, our platform provides business users the benefits of ILM without the complexity of traditional iPaaS solutions. Users can simply clone an integration tile that contains all the components of their integration into a sandbox environment where they can leverage the power of ILM to accelerate the modification, testing, and deployment of the modified integration.
When business teams can quickly and efficiently modify their own automations, the business as a whole can react faster to changing conditions. Equally important, Celigo’s ILM functionality fosters proactive experimentation by simplifying the modification process and eliminating the risk of “breaking” automations. The greater democratization of integration tools, including ILM, leads to improved automation, analytics, speed, and accuracy of key business processes, which accelerates growth, fosters innovation, and drives a competitive advantage.
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