I have been working in the world of data for over two decades and see companies growing with their point-to-point solutions in tow – and it is never a pretty site. With a few trading partners this is a cheap and easy way to do business. However, as soon as that number starts to creep up it becomes a daunting task of reworking the same connections as soon as any little change is made. You can visualize the cycle of madness this can bring. This is a barrier to growth, and a barrier to business.
I recently wrote an article on this very subject. There really is magic in creating a canonical mapping strategy for your business. It not only creates a streamlined environment but is actually quite cost-efficient. If you are starting to see growing pains in your business, I urge you to rethink your strategy. I promise it will save you many headaches and sleepless nights.