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Various Advancements in Architectures in the System Integration Market
There is a rise of investment in innovative Information Technology (IT) infrastructure nowadays. Various innovative solutions for integration such as integrating Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and demand response, Cyber Physical System (CPS) integration, Cloud Brokerage Services (CBSs), and clinical integration are coming into focus. These integrations are possible only due to the increase in development of IT infrastructure globally. Such innovations are expected to promote investments in system integration techniques and tools.
With the proliferation of cloud adoption, the system integration market is tremendously gaining traction. Cloud adoption helps in creating a virtualized environment by hosting business-critical applications, and enables mass usage of platforms among enterprises. The main advantage is the reduction of operational costs. Cloud technologies are enhancing the system integration offerings to a great extent. Growing awareness among business partners, and severe competition in the market are compelling companies to provide customers, employees, and other business partners with on-demand services and information sourced from different data resources. Increasing momentum toward virtualization as a means for the consolidation of IT infrastructure is expected to continue to spawn substantial opportunities for the system integration market.
There have been various advancements in architectures in the system integration market, along with surge of demand from the end-users. Techniques such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) have revolutionized the integration approach. The SOA approach develops a reusable scheduling services catalog that becomes part of an overall business-wide services repository. It provides open standards-based integration of the scheduling tool with variety of data sources. Advantages of SOA technique is that it eliminates platform dependence by using open standards-based interface specifications. It enables connecting to any data source system, has greater reusability and enterprise-wide applicability.
Wide-Area Networks (WANs) or Local Area Networks (LANs) generally include devices connected to the network as well as programs and files supporting the network operations. Control is accomplished through a network control terminal and specialized communications software. There exists a lack of enough network infrastructures in companies, which results in physical problems that trigger failures in the technological and business environments. LANs facilitate the storage and retrieval of programs and data used by a group of people. LAN software and practices also need to provide for the security of these programs and data.
Currently, Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) allow the federation of a few hundred nodes to provide mutual connectivity. The only service provided by the network is basic connectivity; services such as Network Time Protocol (NTP), Domain Name System (DNS), and other high-level applications are not available or could not be deployed in an efficient manner. The underlying network does not lend itself well to centralized applications since the broadcast medium would be quickly saturated around the server. Although this lack of services may be acceptable for the small networks possible today, larger systems will need these applications to be useful.
Due to the complexity in networks and the need to develop sophisticated tools to counter the business-specific situation, the solution vendors need to constantly upgrade their solutions and develop new technologies. Companies are spending a large amount of money to develop these advanced technologies in system integration, thereby increasing the cost of implementation for the enterprises and government agencies. The implementation of these technologies demand structured architectures and planned actions, thereby reducing the costs incurred to provide complete integration to infrastructures.
As buildings get smarter and prospects for energy efficiency increase, the conventional BEMS companies are pressing further on expanding their offerings. Thus, the opportunity exists for integrating automated demand response and BEMS. Although there has been a focus on energy efficiency in commercial buildings for some years, the BEMS market can still be considered nascent. The landscape of new entrants, new technologies, and new methodologies is expanding rapidly, and even well-established market leaders are finding new ways to present and market their businesses.
A CPS integrates computing and communication capabilities with the monitoring and control of entities in the physical world. Heterogeneity drives the need for modeling and analyzing cross-domain interactions among physical and computational/networking domains and demands deep understanding of the effects of heterogeneous abstraction layers in the design flow. A few applications of CPS integration are physical infrastructure monitoring and control, medical devices and health management networks, tele-physical operations, vehicular networks and smart highways, electricity generation and distribution, robotic manufacturing, aviation and airspace management, and defense and aerospace systems.
Cloud is quickly being adopted by enterprises and IT users to make their organizations more efficient and to reduce costs. Business users are rapidly investing in their own cloud capabilities such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) to meet business needs while application developers want to move rapidly without the involvement of IT to provision tools and environments. These actions are a significant threat to IT management who are worried about managing costs, chargeback, capacity, and resources resulting from cloud sprawl, challenging their ability to act fast and remain in command and in control. In order to take back command and control to manage costs, chargeback, capacity, and resources resulting from cloud sprawl, the IT management must engage with the Cloud Brokerage Service (CBS) providers.
Cloud Brokerage Service (CBS) is an IT role and business model in which a company or other entity adds value to one or more (public or private) cloud services on behalf of one or more consumers of that service via three primary roles including aggregation, integration, and customization brokerage. A CBS enabler provides technology to implement CBS, and a CBS provider offers combined technology, people, and methodologies to implement and manage CBS-related projects.
Clinical integration is required to ease the management of patient care across situations, providers, settings, and time in order to accomplish care that is secure, suitable, effective, proficient, equitable, and patient-focused. Government and private insurers are steadily moving away from encounter-based reimbursement and rapidly developing new payment models that reward coordination of care and population health management. To attain clinical integration, there is a need to promote changes in provider culture, redesign payment methods and incentives, and modernize federal laws.
System Integration Market [ALM, Building Management System, C2/C4isr, Cloud Integration (IAAS), Data Integration, EAI, Integrated Communication, Network Integration, Integrated Security Software, SOA] - Worldwide Forecasts & Analysis (2013 - 2018)
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