Addressing the Last Mile – Middleware in Focus

Check out this post by Glenn Donovan: The History of Middleware. From the enterprise service bus (ESB) to the integration competency center (ICC), he has a lot to say about the good, bad and ugly of legacy enterprise application integration (EAI) and extract, transform and load (ETL) technologies. The central theme – it’s about the need for simplicity and speed, which has become even more critical for successful cloud integration deployments. Here are a few noteworthy observations in the post:

On the bureaucracy of the ICC:

“Sure you could build competency centers and “factories” but to this day, such approaches end up creating more bureaucracy, more dependencies and complexity while adding less and less value compared to what a developer can build him/herself with RESTful services/micro-services, and most things one wants to integrate with today already have well defined APIs so it’s often much easier to connect and share data anyway.”

no_esbOn the ESB:

“Along the way, a problem became obvious. The cost, expertise, complexity and time involved in building such elegantly designed and governed systems frameworks ran counter to building systems fast. A good developer could get something done that worked and was high quality without resorting to using all those WS standardized services and conforming to its structure.”

On the need for a new enterprise platform to replace the legacy ESB:

“I think many are ready to dump all that highly complex and expensive overhead which came along with messaging buses when an enterprise class platform comes along that enables them to do so.”

Simplicity = IT agility:

“This is all coming together now, so you will see growing interest in throwing out the old integration server/message bus architectures in organizations focused on transformation and agility as core values.”

Check out the entire article to understand the author’s point of view. As a veteran of the middleware industry, he’s looking at modern integration platform as a service (iPaaS) vendors like SnapLogic as having: “the potential  help IT with the “last mile” of cloud build-out in the enterprise, not just due its features, but rather because of the shift in software engineering and design occurring that started in places like Google, Amazon and Netflix – and startups that couldn’t afford and “enterprise technology stack” – and is now making its way into the enterprise.”

5 Signs You Need Better Cloud Integration

I recently participated in an online web conference called Cloudcon 2015: Integration and Web APIs where I reviewed 5 signs you need better cloud integration:

  1. You’re Struggling with the Integrator’s Dilemma
  2. You Have Unintegrated Integration:
  3. You Thought Cloud = API Utopia
  4. You Still Have Swivel Chair Integration
  5. You’re Considering Going Back to On-Prem Due to Diminishing SaaS Returns

It’s a topic I wrote about in this blog post last year. Here’s the recording of the presentation, which also includes an overview of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform and a Q&A session with Vance McCarthy from Integration Developer News.

Hybrid Cloud Integration – Why It’s Different and Why It Matters

This week Carl Lehmann from 451 Research reviewed the trends, best practices and reference architecture for integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and hybrid cloud integration. Here’s the presentation, which also includes an overview of SnapLogic’s Elastic Integration Platform.

Big Data Integration Best Practices

Last week I hosted a SnapLogic webinar that featured a great overview of how to approach the increasing requirements for big data integration by Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research. As opposed to simply trying to re-purposing your old ETL tools or hiring developers to write custom code, Mark shared 5 best practices for attaining excellence in big data integration:

  1. Evaluate efficiency of processes
  2. Examine new approaches
  3. Evaluate technology needs
  4. Investigate dedicated technology
  5. Gain benefits that outweigh costs

I’ve embedded the slides below and you can watch the webinar here.

The Death of Traditional Integration

Recently I hosted a SnapLogic webinar featuring the company’s co-founder and CEO, Gaurav Dhillon, and industry analyst, author and practitioner David Linthicum called: The Death of Traditional Data Integration. The webinar was very well attended and the discussion was quite lively. I’ve posted sections of the transcript on the SnapLogic blog, you can also listen to the podcast on the company’s iTunes channel, and the slides are now on Slideshare. I’ve embedded the YouTube video below. Enjoy!

[Infographic] Cloud Integration Drivers and Requirements

Here’s an an infographic from SnapLogic that reviews some the drivers and requirements for cloud-based integration, also known as Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), as well as reasons why legacy technologies won’t be able to keep up with the need for speed.

2015 Technology Predictions

I enjoy reviewing the predictions from technology pundits this time of year. I particularly appreciate it when industry analysts take the time to review their predictions from the previous year. Here are a few:

And kudos to Gartner’s Doug Laney for this post – A Look Back on My Information and Analytics Strategy Research from 2014, which also includes links to some of Gartners big data management predictions.

Speaking of predictions, here’s SnapLogic’s Gaurav Dhillon sharing a few of his predictions for 2015:


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