Finally an Integration Solution for Midsized Companies

I received an email from a software vendor today making this claim: Finally an Integration Solution for Midsized Companies.

The message was about fast delivery, low TCO, no programming, and simpler operations…..all good messages. The trouble is that the proposed solution from this vendor was an on-premise hardware appliance, not data integration delivered as an  on-demand service. It reminded me of a post I wrote a few months ago that still gets quite a bit of traffic:  Signs You Have Integration Appliance Reliance.  Midsized companies, more than any other segment today, are drawn to the benefits of software as a service (SaaS) data integration. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, some of the reasons that true mulitenant integration services are gaining momentum include:

  • Ease of use for non-technical users (minimal training, “set and forget” interface)
  • The ability to try before you buy (if you can’t sign up on and get started on their website, find out why!)
  • Subscription pricing model
  • Capital expense vs. operating expense

The trouble is that all vendor solutions are not created equally. Whether your company is midsized or in the Fortune 100, here are a few resources to help you select the right integration as a service solution:

Stuffing too much in a box

And most importantly, if you work for a midsized company with limited IT resources, be sure to select an integration solution that can grow with you as your data volumes and complexity inevitably grow. Performance benchmarks and scalability must not be ignored.

The bottom line: Don’t get “boxed” in to a short term data integration solution that you’ll quickly outgrow as your requirements broaden.

Somehow this image seemed appropriate…

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2 Responses to “Finally an Integration Solution for Midsized Companies”


  1. 1 Garnie Bolling 2010/02/27 at 8:33 am

    Darren, excellent post.

    Everyone is looking for the angle to get your attention, like the vendor who sent you an email… you had the courtesy to review the email. 🙂

    I appreciate the links, always good to see additional insight on cloud initiatives.

    One thing that made me smile: “dont build a house without a driveway” going to read that article next …

    have a great day, and keep up the good work…


  1. 1 uberVU - social comments Trackback on 2010/02/27 at 8:24 am

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