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6 Requirements of a Modern Integration Platform

In 2009 I worked with data and application integration guru David Linthicum on a whitepaper called, “What to Look for When Evaluating Cloud Integration Solutions.” The 6 requirements were:

  1. True multitenant versus hosted offering
  2. Ease of use
  3. Try and buy / rapid deployment
  4. IT or LOB usability
  5. Scalability
  6. Vendor viability

While I don’t think I’d change this list too much in 2014, I’ve been putting together a series of posts on the SnapLogic blog summarizing the requirements of a modern integration platform. Now commonly known as integration platform as a service (iPaaS), the 6 primary requirements are:

  1. Fully-Functional Cloud-based Service (based on a Software-Defined Architecture)
  2. Single Platform for Big Data, Application and API Integration
  3. Elastic Scale
  4. Built on Modern Standards (REST, JSON)
  5. Broad Cloud and On-Premises Connectivity
  6. Self-Service for Citizen Integrators

Let me know if you agree or disagree with the list. I’ve embedded a demonstration of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform below if this is an area of cloud computing that is new to you.

Cloud Application, Analytics and Integration Drivers and Barriers

Last week I hosted a webcast that reviewed the results from a recent SnapLogic TechValidate survey on cloud integration. You can download the complete results of the research here. The webcast also featured a deep dive demonstration of the SnapLogic Integration Cloud. I’ve embedded the recording below.

Why the ESB is the Wrong Approach to Cloud Integration

This week Maneesh Joshi from SnapLogic posted an article on Wired Insights called: Why Buses Don’t Fly in the Cloud: Thoughts on ESBs. It’s a pretty deep post, summarizing the vision of a services oriented architecture (SOA) and why the concept of the enterprise service bus (ESB) has reached its limits in the era of Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the internet of Things (SMACT). Here are a few snippets:

“Long implementation cycles, inability to absorb change, and high costs have made it difficult for these ESB solutions to keep up with fast evolving business requirements and often resulted in unmet expectations.”

“The ESB as an agile integration layer has been exposed as the long pole in project plans and customers are looking for alternatives.”

“On-premise ESBs or cloud integration platforms that are natively XML-based but apply translations to JSON at its extremities to keep up are going to fall short in the world of SMAC.”

“REST and JSON together are increasingly replacing SOAP and XML, making ESBs less relevant in today’s enterprise SMAC architecture.”

“Sticking with legacy technologies such as ESBs will only hamstring organizations from innovating rapidly and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.”

Do you agree? Do you see integration platform as a service (iPaaS) as complementary or a long-term replacement of the ESB as more and more of the applications and platforms are delivered in the cloud?

Cloud Integration on the Whiteboard

Check out this chalk-talk series with the head of engineering at SnapLogic talking about application and data integration delivered as a cloud service (aka iPaaS):

Going Beyond Point-to-Point Cloud Integration

SnapLogic Integration Cloud Architecture in Review

The series of whiteboard presentations is posted on the SnapLogic blog.

2013 SaaS Industry Report

Here’s some interesting research published earlier this year on the software as a service (SaaS) market: Siemer and Associates Summer 2013 SaaS Industry Report. It includes useful regional projections as well as a breakdown by application categories: CRM, ERP, HRM. The appendix also outlines the key SaaS metrics and includes some public company comparables as well as financing and transactions.

2014 Cloud Integration Predictions from @SnapLogic

SnapLogicIntegrationCloudManeesh Joshi from SnapLogic shared his 2014 cloud integration predictions last week. They are:

  1. iPaaS makes ESBs obsolete
  2. API management and iPaaS jointly displace Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in enterprise IT
  3. IT dinosaurs face extinction; the citizen developer emerges
  4. Digital Marketing platforms take over the world
  5. The rise of the cloud data warehouse

Here’s a powerpoint overview:

SaaS Videos from a Couple of #Cloud Gurus

Check out two great new videos posted by my friends at Host Analytics.

1) Dave Kellogg, who is now an Enterprise Irregular, talks about the SaaS model and why vendors are so focused on customer success. (And no, it’s not just that they’re nice people.)

2) Jeff Kaplan, who runs THINKstrategies and can usually be found speaking at a cloud conference or at an airport, talks about how the SaaS model has enabled IT organizations to play the strategic role they were meant to play in the enterprise. He also makes a stinging point about on-premises vendors hosting crappy apps vs. investing in real, multitenant cloud services.

Good stuff guys!


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