Another Cloud Integration Acquisition

There’s been a lot of buzz this week about the surprising acquisition of Boomi by Dell. First of all, I’d like to personally congratulate the team. If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I agree with what Boomi CEO Bob Moul refers to in his summary of the acquisition as, “the real multi-tenant kind” of cloud integration. Frankly, I’m also happy to see that Bob is still able to get his message out in unfiltered blog posts. He and co-founder Rick Nucci have always done a great job in getting their message out through social media channels and I hope that continues.

Here are a few interesting observations from industry analyst on the announcement:

Phil Wainewright: Panic Buying Spree Hits Cloud Integration:

“When the shelves have been cleared of cloud integration vendors, where are customers going to shop for platform-neutral integration? Perhaps it’s idealistic of me, but I have this notion that middleware works best if it has a Switzerland kind of role rather than being tied to specific platforms.”

Jeff Kaplan: Dell Forays Into Data Integration Market With Boomi Acquisition:

“It will be interesting to see if Dell is able to do a better job assimilating and growing Boomi’s business than it has with some of its previous Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) acquisitions — Everdream, SilverBack Technologies and MessageOne.”

Jeff Kaplan: Wanted, Data Integration for Cloud Computing:

“So, why is data integration so important? Because there is an explosion of data being generated from a widening assortment of sources, and data integration is key to pulling it all together. In particular, a growing number of organizations of all sizes are adopting cloud-based SaaS solutions that must work with their legacy applications and databases. This challenge is compounded by the proliferation of new sources of data, such as social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and the need to move valuable data to more mobile end-users “on demand.””

Watch this space for updates.

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